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Kia announces new transmission with predictive shifting

Kia announces new transmission with predictive shifting

Kia and Hyundai have been working on a new type of transmission that can predict the next change depending on road conditions, speed and traffic. Called the ‘Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System’, the new setup could change how cars change gear forever.

This isn’t the first time the Korean automakers have tried to revolutionize the transmission. They tried before with the Intelligent Variable Transmission. A version of a CVT transmission that debuted back in 2019 in the Kia Forte. That system uses a chain instead of a belt and a wide set of gear ratios with some neat technology to make it feel like a standard auto.

That IVT also uses intelligent software to gauge driving characteristics, speed, acceleration and other data to predict shifts. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System takes that a step further.

Connected Shift System

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System uses a forward facing camera, radar, navigation and driver input sensors to assess the current driving conditions and predict a likely next shift. Detailed navigation data will feed it gradient, upcoming hills, freeways or other conditions while the forward-looking radar will show it traffic conditions and road condition data.

The system will then collate and use all this data to provide seamless shifts and the smoothest possible drive. The result should be smooth shifting, better gas mileage and the car always being in the right gear for the conditions. According to Hyundai and Kia, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System reduces the frequency of shifts by up to 43% on some roads.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System should work alongside the Intelligent Variable Transmission to provide very advanced shifting across all driving conditions.

While the days of waiting for an automatic transmission to hunt for the right gear and engage it are largely behind us, some transmissions to like to make you wait for a shift. Kia automatics are some of the best around but this new system could take that and push it forward by a significant margin.

Fewer shifts, less brake use and better gas mileage will all contribute to a much smoother ride while also saving you money at the same time. As long as the driving experience is as good and the shifts as slick as they are now, this setup should work well.

Expect to see the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System in all new Hyundai and Kia cars in the not-too distant future. The exact release has yet to be announced but we don’t expect to have to wait long.

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