Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors announced on April 22 that they have developed a mobile electric vehicle (EV) tune-up technology that allows drivers to control the performance of their cars with a smartphone.
This technology enables drivers to control seven functions of their cars -- maximum motor torques, oscillation acceleration, deceleration, regenerative braking power, maximum speed limits, responsiveness and air conditioning – with a smartphone or a tablet.
In the past, drivers could adjust the performance of their cars by selecting a specific driving mode such as Eco, Normal or Sports. However, this new technology allows drivers to adjust each of the seven different settings.
This technology is in line with the trend of electric vehicles (EVs) increasingly becoming a smart information technology (IT) device. While the proportion of EVs in vehicle sharing services is on the rise, this technology allows drivers to download settings familiar to them from servers, even if vehicle models are different. In addition, after setting a destination, the driver can automatically adjust the performance of his or her vehicle to put it in an optimized state in order to arrive at the destination without worrying about an electric discharge by calculating the remaining distance and power to use.