This would help a lot in some very tight situations.
Crabwalk is clearly possible with this prototype.
There is no word on the possibility of seeing this technology aboard a future Hyundai vehicle.
This isn’t the first time a group of engineers has modified a vehicle so that it can maneuver differently in a multitude of tight situations. In fact, Mobis, the division responsible for autonomous technology within the Hyundai group, brought a very cool prototype et the CES in Las Vegas last week. This new prototype is capable of feats that would make any driver jealous.
Let’s just say that when it comes to parking, the prototype dubbed e-Corner, has everything it needs to make the most complicated maneuvers a lot easier. The video released by Mobis shows a modified Hyundai Ioniq 5 capable of rotating each of its wheels at a 90-degree angle, allowing it to enter and exit a tight parking space in a parallel fashion, or if you prefer the popular expression “crabwalk.”
When the wheels are placed at a 45-degree angle, the Korean electric crossover can spin on its own, as if a stake had been bolted to the center of the vehicle.
And that’s not all, because when all the wheels are placed at the same angle, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 redesigned by the folks at Mobis can also drive diagonally.
There are no more details on this promising prototype, but we must admit that many drivers wouldn’t mind being able to rely on these innovations to get out of a few embarrassing situations. With the size of vehicles continuing to grow and the number of cars on the road increasing every day, this superior maneuverability would be an asset to many of us.
However, adding this technology to an electric vehicle would necessarily add weight, which is not desirable in a car that runs on electrons. As for the price of this technology, it is likely that it would increase the price of vehicles, but whatever happens to this idea, it is impressive!