Hyundai Mobis, the innovative division of the Korean automaker, unveiled a revolutionary in-wheel module mounted on a prototype Ioniq 5 at the 2023 CES in Las Vegas. Called the e-Corner, the module packs an electric motor, electric damper, brake-by-wire, and steer-by-wire technology, making it a complete package for a diverse lineup of plug-in vehicles, rationalizing the process for engineers.
Previously showcased in 2018, the concept now finds itself integrated into all four corners of the distinct Ioniq 5 EV, displaying the prowess of the Korean firm.
The video above showcases the vehicle’s ability to rotate its wheels 90 degrees in the same direction, easily maneuvering into and out of parallel parking spaces. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg, as the e-Corner system can execute nearly any movement.
The prototype Ioniq 5 spins 360 degrees with a 45-degree wheel rotation, enabling a seamless zero-turn function. It also boasts diagonal driving capabilities, similar to the GMC Hummer EV, and a pivot function, allowing the vehicle to drive like a forklift with its rear wheels turning 90 degrees.
Hyundai Mobis has yet to reveal further details on the e-Corner module, but it’s evident that it has a massive potential to simplify the assembly process of electric vehicles and enhance maneuverability for drivers.
It also bears a resemblance to technology first showcased in 1927 on the novel front-wheel drive car in Paris and the American invention, The Park-Car from the 1930s, which added a fifth wheel in the rear to aid in parking.
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