Ioniq 5 almost hits Vintage Holden Monaro trying to auto park
Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 has an automatic parking feature that allows it to slot into a space without the need for a driver behind the wheel, but as with all self-driving technology, it has yet to been completely perfected.
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor of The Driven, an Australia-based website that focuses primarily on electric vehicles. During a test drive of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, she attempted to try the auto park feature in a nearly empty parking lot, but things almost went wrong when the car tried to park next to a muscle car vintage.
Trying the automatic parking in the Ioniq 5. I would also be afraid to hit the Monaro 😅 pic.twitter.com/L1KTb5MnQz
— 🚗⚡Bridie Schmidt (@BridieEV) May 16, 2022
For the technology to work properly, it needs to “see” other vehicles using sensors usually reserved for blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic detection. In this case, the vehicle that is detected is a vintage Holden Monaro muscle car, famous for winning the Bathurst 1000 km race on several occasions in the 1970s.
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The Hyundai begins by turning its wheels to get itself into the right position to reverse in place, but it is clear that the attempt was already going to fail. As the EV reverses, it almost beeles straight at the Monaro, seemingly without even trying to correct the steering angle. A brief pause signals that the system might try to assess the situation again, but nonetheless, it continues on its almost destructive path.
Luckily, the Ioniq 5 stopped before making contact with the vintage muscle car, albeit a few yards before deciding not to continue.
According to Bridie, the owner of the Monaro had just parked the car and walked into a store. Luckily they weren’t there at the time to see their car nearly hit by the parking Hyundai.
Bridie writes that she tried a separate auto park job with a Toyota Camry, and it worked almost perfectly. As a passerby noted of the event: “I think he’s afraid to hit the Monaro. I would be too!”