Performance of upcoming Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles can be altered with smartphone application
Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has developed a new smartphone application that will be used in its and Kia's upcoming electric vehicles. The company mentions using this app, the primary functions can be customized to suit individual choice. The driver can alter the performance by adjusting seven performance features that includes the maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control. Hyundai mentions that as electric vehicles continually expand their market share, especially in rental or car-sharing industries, this new technology will allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive by downloading their profile from the server.
The smartphone application analyses the remaining distance and electric energy requirement of the motor and accordingly optimises settings for the designated destination of the trip. One can also chose a more performance-spec setting for sportier driving. Users can also share their customization settings online as well as try out other users' custom setting. Customers can also apply recommended settings by the brands based on the condition of roads. Hyundai will be using 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, explains the official release.
"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 customised to individual preferences."
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