Hyundai has developed new technology for hybrid engines that will make them perform better, titled Active sHift Control. The Active Shift Control system improves gear shift times by 30% and also improves the engine fuel economy. The new technology will be set for mass production and incorporated into future Hyundai hybrid cars.
The new technology works by monitoring gear shifts at a rate of 500 times a second. The system also makes use of new software to the Hybrid Control Unit, this allows for shorter shift times and counteracts the hybrid engine not having torque converters. Active Shift Control will also help increase durability by decreasing the amount of friction that occurs from shifting gears.
The new technology will first be implemented on the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, then to other models, such as Kia hybrids.