A mention of the safety features. This car was the highest trim with all the additional safety features. It does not have auto-park.
As standard it has a rear view camera and 8 ultrasonic sensors. The rear view has curving grid lines.
When parking you hear beeps if you get too close to an object.
My car included the optional Safety Package which adds a radar and a camera at the front, and two radars at the back.
The safety features included were AEB, SCC, BSD, RCTA, LCA, LDWS, and LKAS. (see below for explanations of these).
With these extra sensors built in it is probable that the autonomous features of the car will be updated.
An original car bought without the safety package will almost certainly never have them added.
I never needed Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) - so can't comment on how it works. I would probably buy the Safety Package for just this feature alone. Even if I never used it I would want the peace of mind that it was there. Would be nice to hear from someone who actually used it.
Here's a YouTube video demonstrating Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu65Cwv27l4
Another feature I never used was Smart Cruise Control (SCC). This allows the car to maintain a set distance behind the car in front during cruise control.
If I get another chance to test the car, this will be the first thing I will test.
AEB and SCC use a radar in the front bumper. It is behind the logo sticker. The logo is 2D, cleverly drawn to look 3D.
Cars without AEB do not have the radar, and come with a 3D metallic logo on the bumper. For example.
The Ioniq Hybrid has a much less attractive 2D logo on a transparent plate.
Never noticed the Blind Spot Detection (BSD) icon in the side mirror, never noticed Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The Lane Change Assist however beeps like crazy if you turn on the indicators to make a lane change just after a car passes by. You start indicating before the car going faster than you has finished passing, and immediately beep, beep beep warnings at full volume. These 'false' alarms I found quite annoying, because obviously I can see the car in front of me and to the side. I had been waiting for it to overtake me before indicating. I don't think I ever got beeped for a car I hadn't seen. Obviously this warning would be a life saver if I ever did make that error, hence I will put up with that annoyance. I would probably change my driving style by waiting for the passing car to get slightly ahead before indicating.
BSD, RCTA and LCA use two radars in the rear bumper.
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) beeps at you if you cross the lane markings unintentionally. Quite useful.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is the one I found really intriguing the first day I drove the car. The car took control on corners when I was driving at speed. I assume I was not driving perfectly in lane and the car was correcting my errors. This disappeared after the first day. I think the car computer had 'trained' me how to drive this car.
LKAS uses a camera in the front windscreen.
There is also a sensor in the steering wheel that will cause the car to start beeping if you take your hands off the steering wheel. This self-driving on corners is not supposed to be auto-pilot.
Something else I didn't know at the time of my drive. You have 3 modes of driver assist.
Go to the 'User Settings → Driving Assist → Lane Keeping Assist System
The codes for using Torque Pro can be found by clicking the link in the website icon under my user name on the left.