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April 30, 2019

Future Hyundai and Kia Vehicles May Be Tuned Using a Smartphone App

Hyundai and Kia are certainly embracing smartphone-based car technologies that go beyond the usual infotainment. After announcing the first-ever smartphone-based car key system, the Korean automaker has now developed a way to adjust the performance of its electric vehicles by simply using a smartphone-based app.

In an industry-first, drivers can adjust seven performance parameters including 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 with just a few taps on their smartphone.

As electric vehicles gain wider market acceptance, Hyundai sees this as a means for drivers to share their custom settings across various electric vehicles that they drive such as in a rental or car-sharing setting.

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

Using cloud-based servers, drivers can also share their customization settings as well as try out other users’ custom settings. Drivers can also apply recommended settings by Hyundai based on the condition of roads, from country roads to the city center or mountain ranges.

Hyundai Motor Group will utilize 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 unauthorized manipulation.

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

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