The “performance adjustment technology” will allow owners of Hyundai and Kia’s electric cars to set parameters for the car’s maximum speed limiter, power delivery and responsiveness, as well as the climate control’s energy consumption and the forcefulness of the regenerative braking - all via an app. The system will also allow owners to set profiles for the car, with different drivers able to use their chosen setup.
Although it is currently in development by the two South Korean companies’ parent firm, Hyundai Motor Group, the app is also said to unlock the ability to move drivers’ preferences between vehicles, with the next electric car simply downloading and applying the parameter’s set by the customer’s phone.
And customers will even be able to share their setups with other drivers, allowing users to try other users’ parameters. And Hyundai and Kia will upload their own setups, which will be designed to suit different driving conditions. For example, the brands will provide settings for city streets, mountain passes and country roads, among others.
Furthermore, the system will use data from the driver’s smartphone to calculate the most efficient settings for a designated destination by analysing the distance to the location and the electric energy requirement. It can also accommodate sportier driving by recommending tailored performance settings.
The whole system will be secured with blockchain technology, which Hyundai Motor Group says will “prevent security issues” while users upload and share their settings. The whole system works by encrypting major performance parameters in a blockchain network by creating new data blocks and storing them to stop any “unauthorised manipulation”.
The company says the whole project is possible because of the increased flexibility offered by electric models such as the Kia Soul EV and Hyundai Kona Electric (below). The drivetrain allows the car to change the car’s behaviour without necessarily increasing its carbon footprint - a characteristic Hyundai claims will “provide drivers more leeway” when using technology such as this.
“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 the 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.”