GMC Hummer EV reported with “parod road” where the wheels rotate to allow the massive SUV to move diagonally around challenging off-road obstacles. There’s no denying that such technology would be very useful in urban environments, allowing vehicles to easily slide in and out of tight parking spaces. Hyundai Mobis is working to make that happen and has introduced a unique Ioniq 5 prototype with four wheels that can rotate 90 degrees.
The feature is called e-Corner, and it includes wire brakes, wire steering, electric motors and electric shock absorbers in all four wheel assemblies. It can be installed in several types of vehicles without compromising on space, so Hyundai can use it in everything from small electric vehicles to flagship electric SUVs.
Hyundai Mobis’ video for this feature shows the many functions enabled by the technology. In addition to rotating all four wheels 90 degrees for easy parallel parking and maneuvering, the wheels can also rotate to allow the vehicle to turn within a zero turning radius. It is also possible to drive diagonally and only turn the rear wheels for tight axle rotation.
Although it is used on the all-new EV, this is not the first time Hyundai Mobis has introduced the e-Corner system. The company first displayed the system in 2018 CES and in 2021 we see a near-production-ready version of the technology. The Ioniq5 on display at CES looks sleek and ready, so the e-Corner could be out soon.
That said, we don’t know for sure when Hyundai will start incorporating the e-Corner into production vehicles, but the company could roll it will launch as soon as 2025. When we previous report on the e-Corner, Hyundai wants to install the system on the EV chassis of the skateboard by 2023, which it has already done with the Ioniq 5 prototype. We may also see the e-Corner in the dealer’s catalog other automakers, as Hyundai Mobis said it wants to start taking “mass production orders from global automakers”.