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.