Hyundai and Kia have announced that they have created a transmission that uses mapping data and front-facing sensors to determine when to change gears. The automakers are calling it the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift transmission. It selects the gear that works best with upcoming driving conditions instead of just relying on speed and acceleration like a traditional automatic transmission.
The automaker says that this technology will allow vehicles to be more fuel-efficient since they’ll be reacting to the road and traffic ahead of the vehicle. The upcoming transmission uses the same sensor technology that powers the vehicle's adaptive cruise control, coupled with 3D high-precision maps so that the vehicle is aware of the elevation, gradient, and curvature of a road.