Hyundai's Remote Smart Parking Assist

Hyundai's Remote Smart Parking Assist
C.J. Eckman, assistant manager for Hyundai's Connected Car Program, walks us through a demonstration of Hyundai's Remote Smart Parking Assist on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata

I was traveling last week and missed the podcast recording, so I figured I'd post a belated Feature Friday. And this is a pretty cool one -- especially for those of us living in the city and confined to tight parking spaces.

At the press preview for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, C.J. Eckman, assistant manager for Hyundai's Connected Car Program, walked journalists through a demonstration of Remote Smart Parking Assist, or what he called "walking the dog." It showcased how an owner can help a car park itself with the press of a button.

Using the key fob and standing within 10 feet of the vehicle, the owner can send the vehicle forward or backward in a straight line. This means the driver has to line the car up first, but if you're trying to get into a tight parking spot or a packed garage, you can line the car up, exit the vehicle and then finish executing the parking maneuver (cough) remotely.

In the video below, Eckman demonstrates how this and Hyundai's Digital Key work.

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  • Ford advertised self parking a couple of years ago. Only difference here is that you don't have to be in the car. Only benefit seems to be that you can wedge the car into a space where you can't open the door, but somehow you have to be able to get back into the car. Also, good luck trying to explain to the cop what happened if the system messes up.

  • In reply to jack:

    the good news is, you can use this feature in forward & reverse. so you can back it in and out of a spot to be able to open the door. this feature also only works if the key fob is within 10 feet of the vehicle AND you're pressing a button. there is also pedestrian detection, and when someone walks in front of the vehicle, the system automatically disengages. so, if something bad happens, it's likely because the person holding the key wasn't paying attention.

  • In reply to Jill Ciminillo:

    Your last clause is the problem, which is why I brought up the cop. Teslas were supposed to be self-driving, but several "drivers" died because the car didn't detect that a truck was crossing the road and the driver was obviously inattentive (a source).

    This sort of reminds me of several things:

    1. There are several stores (3 that I know of) in my neighborhood that became "involuntary drive ins" when a car went through the front window. In one case, the store owner's mother told me that somehow it got between the bollards out front. Now, some driver will count on it seeing the glass. Similarly, my car beeped because it was coming a few feet in front of bollards in front of a propane exchange display. Yet, there have been several instances when I saw something in the rear view mirror or camera, but the car didn't beep. I don't think Hyundai wants the liability for the disaster I just described.

    2. I sort of like a Coke Freestyle machine when I can get a Dave's Diet Orange Cream Soda or a Lime Coke Zero, but it is certainly technological overkill when none of the diet choices light up and someone has to mess around for 20 minutes inside something that looks like the inside of my ink jet printer. That and the Hyundai feature are both technological overkill.

    3. Until all cars are mandated to have 5G, nothing is going to stop someone trying to back a 91 Mercury Grand Marquis into a parallel parking space on Belle Plaine Ave. into your Hyundai. In fact, that's how drivers of such cars always made room in Chicago.

  • I just heard on WGN Radio that Hyundai will have a commercial during the Super Bowl including Rachel Dratch, all in a Bahston accent. The impression I got the couple of times in Boston is that one certainly doesn't want a car there.

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