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Hyundai Develops Blockchain-powered Smartphone-electric Vehicle Pairing

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South Korean car maker Hyundai Motor Group developed a smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology, with the data being secured using blockchain technology.

The technology allows users or drivers to customize and adjust seven primary performance features through a smartphone application. The custom data or settings are then shared while customer information is protected by using blockchain technology.

The performance features that can be adjusted are 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 adjusted custom settings stored on blockchain can then be retrieved in whichever electric vehicle the user drives by downloading their profile from the server. The user can also share their customization settings to other users online as well as try out other users' custom settings.

Further, customers can also apply recommended settings by Hyundai based on the condition of roads, from country roads to the city center or mountain ranges.

While doing all this, Hyundai will utilize blockchain technology to prevent security issues while users upload and share their custom settings on the server. 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 company is looking to implement the technology on future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by year 2025, including 23 electric vehicles.

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