Hyundai’s e-Corner technology is getting closer to reality five years after its debut at CES 2018. The system was on display at last week’s show, following its most recent appearance at CES 2021.
Instead of creating a separate prototype to demonstrate the technology, the automaker’s Mobis division integrated e-Corner into an Ioniq 5 EV.
As you can see in the video below shared by Hyundai (via Autoblog), the module, like the Hummer EV’s “CrabWalk” functionality, allows a car’s wheels to turn in ways that traditional suspension systems cannot.
As a result, you can perform maneuvers that other vehicles cannot. Parallel parking, for example, is as simple as rotating the wheels 90 degrees and driving horizontally.
e-Corner, a less practical but equally cool feature, allows cars to move diagonally and rotate on the fly. It is even possible to execute a pivot turn.
It will most likely be a few years before e-Corner modules appear in production vehicles. Hyundai Mobis stated in 2021 that the technology would be available in 2025.
However, given that the division produces parts for companies other than Hyundai, it would not be surprising to see other automakers incorporate the technology into their vehicles.