Hyundai’s New Ioniq 5 has an automatic parking feature that allows it to slot itself in one place without the need for a driver behind the wheel, but like all self-driving technologies, it’s still not quite perfect.
Brady Schmidt An associate editor of The Driven, an Australia-based website that focuses primarily on electric vehicles. During a test of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, he tried the auto-park feature in an almost empty parking lot, but things got almost ugly when the car tried to park itself next to a vintage muscle car.
Trying to auto-park on Ioniq 5. I’m afraid to hit Monaro too pic.twitter.com/L1KTb5MnQz
– ridBridie Schmidt (@BridieEV) May 18, 2022
For the technology to work properly, it typically needs to “see” other vehicles using sensors reserved for blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic detection. In this case, the car that is felt is a vintage Holden Monroe muscle car, famous for winning the Bathurst 1000km race more than once in the 1970s.
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Hyundai starts to turn its wheel to the opposite position on the spot, but it is clear that the attempt is already going to fail. As the EVT reverses, it almost makes a billing towards Monaro, apparently not even trying to correct the steering angle. A brief pause indicates that the system is trying to re-evaluate the situation, but nevertheless, it continues on its almost destructive path.
Fortunately, the Ioniq 5 Vintage muscle stops before it comes in contact with the vehicle, although it moves within a few feet before deciding not to continue.
According to Bridi, the Monroe owner had just parked the car and gone to a store. Good thing they weren’t around then that their car was almost hit by a self-parking Hyundai.
Brady writes that he tried a separate auto-parking job with a Toyota Camry and performed it almost flawlessly. A pedestrian noted the event: “I think it’s scary to hit Monaro. I will too! ”