Hyundai's New Smartphone Tech Is Insanely Cool

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Future Hyundai and Kia electric cars will be awesome.

Smartphone integration is becoming increasingly common in new cars. The all-new 2020 Lincoln Corsair, for example, lets you conveniently use your phone as a key and save settings for different users. Taking this technology a step further, Hyundai and Kia have announced the development of "smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,” which lets you customize a car’s performance parameters using a smartphone app.

Hyundai says this technology will allow drivers to adjust seven performance features 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. The new technology will also allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive by downloading their profile from the server, which will be handy for rentals or car-sharing.

Additionally, the application 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.

Users can also share their customization settings online as well as try out other users’ custom settings and apply recommended settings by Hyundai based on the condition of roads, from country roads to the city center or mountain ranges. To prevent security issues while users upload and share their custom settings on the server, Hyundai Motor Group will utilize blockchain technology.

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"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 Korean automaker says the technology will be implemented in future Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles, but no specific models were mentioned.

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