SEOUL- Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation announced today that they’ve developed the world’s first predictive technology that knows more than you. With the new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System, the vehicle will “automatically shift to the optimal gear after identifying the road and traffic conditions ahead”, says Hyundai/Kia.
The plan is to apply the technology on future vehicles and during system development, the companies did their homework and filed about 40 major patents in South Korea and abroad. The ICT system is being praised for its highlight functions:
- Automatically shifts to optimal gear based on road and traffic conditions ahead
- Improves driving comfort and fuel efficiency by minimizing unnecessary shifts through predictive gear-shifting control system
- Future developments to include consideration of driver’s preferences and traffic signal status
“While the technologies used to automatically shift depend on drivers’ preferences, such as Smart Drive Mode – available on most current Hyundai and Kia models – ICT Connected Shift System is the first ICT to automatically shift the gear according to road and traffic conditions.”
Could a more affordable driver-less vehicle be closer than we think? The race for ‘smarter’ cars is not only getting aggressive in pushing fuel efficiency limitations (without being an all-electric vehicle) but this new ICT technology also reduce driving fatigue and brake wear.
Don’t know about you but…Less brake changes = more money in my pocket for other parts.
“ICT Connected Shift System uses intelligent software in the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) that collects and interprets real-time input from underlying technologies, including 3D navigation equipped with a precise map of the road as well as cameras and radar for smart cruise control. The 3D navigation input includes elevation, gradient, curvature and a variety of road events as well as current traffic conditions. Radar detects the speed and distance between the vehicle and others, and a forward-looking camera provides lane information.”
“When Hyundai and Kia tested a vehicle with an ICT Connected Shift System on a heavily curved road, the frequency of shifts in cornering was reduced by approximately 43 percent compared to vehicles without the system. Accordingly, the system also reduced the frequency of brake operation by approximately 11 percent, thereby minimizing driving fatigue and brake wear.
When rapid acceleration was required to enter a highway, the driving mode automatically switched to Sport Mode at the merge, making it easier to join the traffic flow. After merging with traffic, the vehicle automatically returned to its original driving mode, enabling safe and efficient driving.
In addition, the engine brakes were automatically applied upon release of the accelerator pedal by determining speed bumps, downhill slopes and location of the speed limit change on the road. The changes in distance from the front car were detected by the front radar to adjust appropriate transmission gear automatically, which improved driving quality.”
The ICT system is also in line with autonomous technology that is developing day by day so we should be on the lookout for more exciting intelligent driving technology integrating with artificial intelligence technology.