Thanks to constantly improving technology, mobile phones have become more than just a tool for messaging or calling. From checking emails to browsing the web, almost anything is possible with the latest smartphones. Smartphones are so powerful nowadays that even automakers want to take advantage of their usage.

In fact, Hyundai Motor Group previously rolled out a mobile feature that will allow owners to unlock, start, and even drive their vehicles by simply using an app on mobile phones. Now, the Korean marque has developed technology which allows users to change performance settings on their electric vehicle by using a smartphone app. Think of it as tuning on the fly. 

‘Tune’ your Hyundai or Kia EV just by using your smartphone   image

Unlike the ‘Digital Key’, Hyundai has not given the tuning app an official name just yet. Once rolled out, however, the app will allow owners to customize seven different performance features of the EV such as maximum torque output, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control. Essentially, the customization feature allows users to choose whether they want all-out speed, longer range, or a combination of the two. 

What is really unique about this technology is the level of customization and the number of individual settings users can have compared to having the usual two or three preset modes. Users can also share their customization settings online and even try out other users’ custom settings. Hyundai says that the technology will be especially useful when using a car-sharing program, where drivers can simply have their settings uploaded rather than readjusting things each time.

The automaker did not mention a specific date as to when the technology will debut. However, they did say that it will be rolled out in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles.