Autonomous Vehicle Too Ahead Of Its Time

By Mat Dirjish

If you were watching the Super Bowl playoff, Sunday February 2, 2020, and you are one of those sports fans who is equally interested in the ads as the action on the field, you may have found a certain automobile ad both informative and amusing. I’m referring to the ad for Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata. If you took a bathroom and/or glass/snack refill break and missed it, you can watch it below.

Before getting into this, it’s important to note that Hundyai makes highly reliable and innovative vehicles. They are also notable for their excellent warrantees. Be that as it may, let’s take a look at the big feature of the 2020 Sonata.

The Sonata boasts Remote Smart Parking Assist, a feature that takes both the skill and guesswork out of parking in tight spots. It is autonomous driving technology, whereby the vehicle takes over the act of parking with the driver and passengers outside of the vehicle.

As you will see in the video, the driver finds a parking spot, but it is somewhat lacking in space. The vehicle can fit the space, but it would take some advanced parking skills, and perhaps a bit of lubricant, to slide into the spot. All the driver needs to do is line the Sonata up in front of the spot, exit the vehicle and close the door(s), and via a press of a button on a Smart Key, the Sonata can drive itself into the parking space. It can also pull out of the spot on its own.


Obviously, this is a great idea. Most drivers will tell you how many times they’ve passed on a parking spot that just didn’t look big enough to squeeze into.

This technology is definitely ahead of its time. In fact, it’s too ahead of its time. I’m sure you figured out why by now, but for the record, it would be a great idea only if every vehicle had this technology. Why?

Observe how the Sonata fits into that spot with just a few inches of space between it and the cars on either side. You got your spot; you go and do whatever you are there to do. What do you think will happen when the owners of the cars on either side of your Sonata come back and want get into their vehicles without the ability to open their doors enough to get in? Patiently wait for you to return and move out? Leave a polite note on the Sonata’s windshield? Call a traffic cop? Call a towing service?

What would you do? For more information, checkout all the features of the Hyundai 2020 Sonata.

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