Credit where credit is due, Hyundai has been making a lot of great cars lately, and the company’s sales growth reflects that. Hyundai wants you to know that it can think about the future, too. With the Le Fil Rouge concept unveiled last year, Hyundai has a vision of the connected, integrated, self-parking future that it represents. All of this is shown in a new video from the company’s YouTube channel.
Aside from being a striking car, the Le Fil Rouge concept has a lot of tech built in. Hyundai have taken the concept car and digitized it to show off its new ideas. None of this actually exists yet outside of this digital creation, so don’t get your hopes too high just yet.
Hyundai wants you to control your all-electric Le Fil Rouge’s actions with a touch of your smart device. Once you arrive to work or to the shopping mall or whatever location, this fantasy world allows you to tap and your car “finds the charging stations through the communication between the vehicle and the building”. Then the car will just drive off to park itself on an inductive charging platform, similar to the Qi charger you may put your iTelephone on at night, but way bigger.
Firstly, this kind of self-park tech would rely on a large network of interconnected buildings and future cars. I don’t know if Hyundai plans to offer all of this tech on a shared basis with other car manufacturers, or it just hopes that by the time this is all feasible Hyundai will have 100% market share, but either way, it seems like a pipe dream. We can’t even agree on a common charging cord design for the dozens of mobile devices we need these days.
By the looks of things in the video, even Hyundai admits that having every parking space in a lot with induction charging would be too expensive, so they “developed” an idea to move the now-charged electric car to a standard parking spot to free up the charger for the next EV to come in for a charge. All of this allegedly happens automatically, and without human interaction.
While there are dozens of companies working on inductive charging mats for cars, and I do believe that will become a reality in the near term, it seems unlikely that we’ll see it adopted on a public basis for shopping centers and parking structures for several decades. Hell, I’ve been to a lot of parking garages that still don’t take credit cards.
This is not meant as a knock against Hyundai Motor Group, but the video here seems a bit meaningless. It feels more of a “check out some of our incredible thoughts” than a preview of coming attractions.