Hyundai Mobis, the parts division of the Korean automaker, showed off a technology it is developing called e-Corner. The system allows all four wheels of the car to turn up to 90 degrees, together or independently.
A widely shared video shows the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car stopping in front of a clear space between two parked cars. Then all four wheels turn 90 degrees, the car enters the clearance sideways. And then the wheels return to their normal position. Next, the car drives up a dead end, the wheels turn, and then the car rotates in place around the central axis.
Such opportunities appeared due to the fact that electric motors on this car are installed on each wheel of the car. Usually, electric motors, if there are several of them, are placed on shafts. But with such an arrangement, such a function of spinning the wheel is simply impossible.
I must say that this technology was first demonstrated in January at CES 2023. It is planned that the company will be able to improve the technology and present not a prototype, but a finished car model, in 2025.