Hyundai Motors To Implement Blockchain In Smartphone EV Performance Control Technology

Blockchain, News | April 24, 2019 By:

Hyundai Motors, a South Korean automotive manufacturer, is developing a blockchain-powered technology that will allow electric vehicle drivers to customize primary functions through a smartphone application.

The ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology’ will allow drivers to adjust seven major performance features through smartphones, 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, which is expected to be implemented in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles, will allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever electric vehicle they drive by downloading their profile from the server.

“Beyond the driver’s seat, users can share their customization settings online as well as try out other users’ custom settings,” Hyundai said. “Customers can also 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 will be utilizing blockchain technology.

“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,” Hyundai said.

Research fellow Jeong Soo Eo from Hyundai said that as Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by year 2025, including 23 electric vehicles, they see the potential of technologies and services inherent in non-combustion vehicles.

“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,” Eo said.