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Hyundai’s new smartphone app can control EV performance

30th Apr 2019 6:00 am

The new tech allows drivers to adjust seven performance metrics including max torque, ignition, acceleration and deceleration, regenerative braking capacity, max speed limit and climate control energy use.


Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development of a new performance adjustment technology that can be controlled via a smartphone. The tech, which allows users to customise primary performance functions of electric vehicles through a smartphone application, is an industry-first innovation.

Drivers can use this technology to adjust seven performance metrics including maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and the energy used by the climate control system.

As electric vehicles will continue to expand their market share, especially in rental or car-sharing industries, this new technology will allow drivers to use custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive, by downloading their profile from the server.

The application provides optimised settings for a designated destination by analysing the remaining distance and electric energy requirement. It can also accommodate sportier driving by recommending tailored performance settings.

Beyond the driver’s seat, users can share their customisation settings online and try out other users’ custom settings. Customers can also apply recommended settings by Hyundai, based on varied road conditions.

The Korean conglomerate will utilise blockchain technology to prevent security issues while users upload and share their custom settings on the server.

In the process of uploading and sharing custom settings, the system encrypts major performance parameters in a blockchain network by creating new data blocks and stores them in the distributed data storage system to block unauthorised manipulation.

EVs as tech enablers

Hyundai says the ‘smartphone vehicle pairing-based performance adjustment technology’ is possible due to electric vehicles’ distinctive properties that set them apart from internal combustion engine-equipped vehicles.

Zero-emission vehicles offer unique freedom to modify the drive experience because altering performance doesn’t change the carbon footprint. As such, electric vehicles provide drivers’ more leeway in applying such technology.

“As Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by year 2025, including 23 electric vehicles, we see the potential of technologies and services inherent in non-combustion vehicles,” said research fellow JeongSoo Eo from Hyundai Motor Group. “By developing paradigm-shifting mobility technology like this one, we will continue to strive to improve user experience for electric vehicles customized to individual preferences.”

The new technology is expected to be implemented in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

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