Hyundai Mobis, the automaker’s aftermarket parts subsidiary, recently shared a new video showcasing the e-Corner technology it is now creating. The mechanism enables all four vehicle wheels to swivel up to 90 degrees, either together or independently, which results in some truly mind-blowing capabilities for the vehicle.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV is a plug-in hybrid version equipped with the e-Corner System.
In addition, the technology enables a vehicle to perform an in-place spin instead of a conventional U-turn. Hyundai Mobis Parking is one of the applications. In the video, a Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle can be seen pulling up exactly next to a vacant parking spot, turning all four wheels so that they are perpendicular to the curb, and then driving right on in. There is no ability to reverse direction, nor can the steering wheel be turned in either direction. Hyundai refers to driving like way as “crab driving.”
All of this is made feasible by the technology of EVs. Electric vehicles typically have a motor attached to either one or both of their axles; however, it is also possible for motors to be housed within the wheels of an electric vehicle, such as an electric kick scooter or bike. It is an unusual setup in the automotive industry; Lordstown Motors, a startup developing an electric pickup, may be the only company in the United States selling a vehicle equipped with so-called hub motors.
However, as the Hyundai Mobis reveals, this kind of system enables various impossible moves in a standard car. In addition, Hyundai demonstrated what it calls a “zero turn,” which is essentially a U-turn minus the U. The wheels of the Ioniq 5 swivel outward once more, but this time the front and rear wheels spin in the opposite directions, causing the vehicle to spin in place rather than moving forward. Something that would come in helpful in a parking lot that is particularly crowded.