In a joint effort, Hyundai and Kia have developed a new predictive transmission control system. This new automatic system takes into account traffic and topography to minimise wasteful shifts which will also help improve fuel efficiency.
How Does The New Predictive Transmission System Work?
The system utilizes traffic data in real-time using built-in 3D navigation while the same sensors that feed the advanced safety and driver-assist tech, also proactively choose the correct gear. Not only does it find the right gear for performance but it even selects neutral in some cases to reduce fuel consumption and wear-and-tear.
Also referred to as the “Information Communication Technology Connected Shift System,” or “ICT” by the Korean sister brands, it provides better fuel consumption as well as an improved all-around driving experience. The advanced ICT programming allows the transmission control unit (TCU) to collect and interpret data from traffic using cameras and sensors to determine the best navigation route, elevation and topography.
Hyundai stated that: “Using all of these inputs, the TCU predicts the optimal shift scenario for real-time driving situations through an artificial intelligence algorithm and shifts the gears accordingly. For example, when a relatively long slowdown is expected and radar detects no speed irregularities with the car ahead, the transmission clutch temporarily switches to neutral mode to improve fuel efficiency.”
Hyundai’s New Transmission Packs A Punch
While this new predictive transmission system sounds technology-heavy, there are also quality-of-life improvements. The ICT can optimise gear selection and shifting points which promotes safer lane merging on highways. It’s effectively similar to implementing “Sport Mode” when you need some extra power.
Some of the test scenarios included roads with plenty of twists and turns where Hyundai said the decrease in shifts was still significant. In fact, the number of gear changes from the new predictive transmission system was reduced by almost half.
A further massive benefit of the new system was that the vehicles also utilized their brakes less often, around 11%. Over time, this would help reduce wear and accompanying maintenance costs. With an eye on the future, Hyundai’s predictive transmission system (ICT) is future-proof as they’ve developed it to incorporate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) data should these networks improve.
There was no indication on when customers would see the new tech as Hyundai has only committed to introducing the technology “on future vehicles.” A calculated guess would be that the new ICT system will be first go in the new Genesis model and adopted in other models from there.
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