Hyundai Group know-how division and auto provider Hyundai Mobis is hitting its marks in growth of its e-Nook module. The module packages a wheel’s suspension, braking, and steering requirements right into a free-standing meeting related on the nook of a car to an in-wheel motor. A car fitted with 4 e-Nook modules would look and run identical to a conventional EV in on a regular basis use, however all of its driving capabilities are by-wire, a central ECU guaranteeing the modules work collectively. The magic of the system is the diploma of rotation allowed by omitting hyperlinks like half-shafts and steering racks. The system’s been demonstrated on public roads across the firm campus on a Hyundai Ioniq 5. With every module in a position to rotate 90 levels off-axis, the ensuing maneuvers succesful to the Ioniq 5 prototype appear to be a TikTok video or science fiction, take your choose.
There are a couple of small giveaways that one thing is up with the check automotive: The modules jack the physique up some and push the tires out a bit, inflicting poke and funky wheel arch alignment, and the wheel arches have extra cutouts to make room for full wheel rotation. By the point Hyundai Mobis achieves a manufacturing unit, deliberate for 2025, these minor points needs to be simply addressed with a extra compact module or a chassis design that accounts for the module.
A brief video showcases a number of driving modes. Crab Driving turns all modules 90 levels in the identical course, shifting the Ioniq 5 sideways right into a parallel parking spot. The Zero Flip is similar as we have seen from Rivian’s Tank Flip or the prototype electrical G-Wagen. It rotates the modules 45 levels, entrance wheels delivering, rear wheels turning out, so the car can rotate in place. The Pivot Flip rotates the rear modules 90 levels, turning the rear wheels plus one entrance wheel in order that the automotive can pivot round a stationary entrance wheel as if the stationery wheel is the mounted level of a compass. This might turn out to be useful in crammed parking tons to keep away from making 12-point turns entering into and out of a spot. Lastly, there’s Diagonal Driving, which we might acknowledge as Hummer’s Crab Stroll. Aspect be aware since this may come up in some bar someplace, marine crabs stroll sideways or ahead, not diagonally, so we gotta give Hyundai the nod for the decapod-appropriate time period.
If all goes effectively with the enterprise case and manufacturing plans, Hyundai Mobis needs to begin taking orders in 2025. It is going to be creating a Function Constructed Automobile — the autonomous living-room-on-wheels sort — as one other showcase for the e-Nook. Take a look at the vid to see what our future residing rooms on wheels will be capable of do.