Shuffle right out the door, Hummer.
Hyundai Mobis (MObility Beyond Integrated Solution) posted a video showing how its new e-Corner System works, making the GMC Hummer's crab-walking feature look sad. Mobis, the South Korean brand's global parts vendor and innovation department, had much to show off at CES 2023, including the e-Corner technology equipped to an Ioniq 5 for demonstration purposes.
Hummer's Crab Walk was a very effective marketing tool, but its applications don't extend beyond that. The same goes for Rivian's Tank Turn and the patented technology Ford is currently working on for the Ford F-150 Lightning.
Hyundai's e-Corner takes a massive 4,600-pound Ioniq 5-sized baseball bat to all the systems mentioned above, and you only need to look further than the demonstration video below to understand why.
The Ioniq 5 is only used as a technical demonstration, and the secret here is quite apparent. Each wheel is mounted to its own independent electric motor to which everything related to a wheel is connected. Thanks to steer- and brake-by-wire technology and no side shafts, a theoretical quad-motor Ioniq 5's wheels can operate independently, allowing for all the impressive maneuvers you can see above.
It's way more advanced than anything we've seen before. Rivian's Tank Turn, for example, relies on the front wheels turning in one direction and the rear wheels in the opposite direction to get the truck to spin a full 360 degrees in one spot. Hyundai's Zero Turn turns each wheel to the correct angle to achieve the same at a much slower and safer speed, and you don't require a low traction surface to pull it off.
Hyundai's Crab Driving function allows for a much wider angle than the Hummer, letting you parallel park in one pain-free maneuver.
As with Hummer's system, Hyundai's Diagonal Driving has limited application apart from merging with traffic or switching to another lane, but humans have been doing it for 100 years without needing help.
Finally, the Pivot Turn only uses the rear wheels to help the Ioniq turn on the spot. We don't see why you'd want both Pivot Turn and Zero Turn unless it's a matter of cost. Speaking of, the price is likely the limiting factor here. Hyundai is currently setting up shop in the USA to ensure its clients qualify for the messy Inflation Reduction Act, and a system like this would add thousands to the price of a car.
We expect it to debut on a high-end Genesis well before the tech becomes affordable enough to filter down to the rest of Hyundai's portfolio.