The technology should be ready by 2025.
Parallel parking could be much easier with this technology.
The impact of Las Vegas’s CES 2024, held just a few days ago, is still being felt across the auto industry. The presentations are numerous, and it’s sometimes difficult to paint an accurate picture of what was shown inside the walls of the Convention Center last week.
On the Hyundai side, the presentation of the eVTOL, an aerial passenger transport device capable of vertical take-off, may well have been what caught the imagination of those present at this annual meeting, but we shouldn’t forget the prototype concocted by the Mobis division, itself owned by the Hyundai giant and in charge of developing parts for the Korean auto brands (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis).
The Mobion prototype, essentially a Hyundai Ioniq 5 redesigned on the outside, features the e-Corner system, which swaps the usual single-motor configuration for a quartet of electric motors. Repositioning four electric motors at each of the four wheels enables each wheel to generate its own energy. Each wheel can thus adjust its braking, suspension, and steering.
The other special feature of this intriguing prototype is that it can drive diagonally, sideways, or even on itself, thanks to these directional wheels. Let’s just say that parallel parking would be a breeze with this technology.
The vehicle is also capable of driving itself completely autonomously. At least, that’s what it demonstrated inside its booth barriers at CES 2024. The Lidar detection system, housed in the front bumper, can detect pedestrians, in addition to being able to indicate to motorists behind that a pedestrian is crossing the street further ahead, via the LED display located in the taillights.
What’s even more interesting in this story is that Hyundai Group executives are already thinking of integrating this technology into future models of the three Hyundai brands.
In fact, in an interview with InsideEVs, a senior Hyundai Mobis executive indicated that the system would be ready for commercialization by 2025. What’s more, we may already know the identity of the first vehicles to benefit from it. The Kia commercial vans unveiled at CES 2024 – the PV1, PV5 and PV7 – could thus prove decidedly more agile in a tight urban environment where bends often complicate the lives of delivery drivers.
It will be exciting to follow this issue over the coming months, as this new flexibility on board an EV could certainly provide valuable services in a few years’ time.