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Hyundai Debuts new Active Shift Control (ASC) Transmission for Hybrids

The new Hyundai Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology reduces gear shift times by 30% and also improves fuel efficiency for hybrid vehicles.

Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. This new transmission optimizes efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second, precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed for faster shift times. The new transmission will premiere in the upcoming Hyundai and Kia hybrids.

Hyundai Active Shift Control (ASC) Transmission technology
Hyundai Active Shift Control (ASC) Transmission technology

ASC applies new control logic software to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU), which then controls the electric motor to synchronize the rotational speeds of the engine and transmission to reduce gear shift time by 30%. It also delivers smoother gear changes despite quicker shift times.

KyoungJoon Chang, Vice President and Head of Powertrain Control System Group of Hyundai Motor Group said, “The development of world’s first ASC technology is a remarkable innovation which incorporates precise motor control to automatic transmission. It will not only save fuel but also provide a more fun driving experience for our customers.”

Conventional hybrid vehicles do not get torque converters in order to further improve fuel efficiency as torque converters lose energy during the process of transmission. Although fuel efficient, such a system also requires longer shift times to ensure smoother gear changes.

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ASC technology from Hyundai allows the hybrid’s electric motor to also take control of gear shifts by applying new software logic to the Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) to mitigate issues with slower shift time. The HCU monitors the rotational speed of transmission with a sensor installed inside the electric motor at 500 times per second to quickly synchronize the rotational speed with that of engine.

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With the synchronization, shift time is reduced by 30% from 500ms to 350ms. This not only improves hybrid vehicle’s acceleration performance and fuel economy, but also durability of the transmission by minimizing friction during gear shift.