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Equal Equus, the Sequel: Lauding camera tech on the Hyundai Equus

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(Lyndon Johnson photo)

I’ve spent the week driving around in a 2014 Hyundai Equus, and without a doubt, my favorite piece of technology on the car has to be its extensive system of parking cameras.

I first noticed the system when I backed into my parking space at work, as I am wont to do. What immediately struck me was how Hyundai pretty much aped the Around View Monitor we experienced in the 2014 Nissan Versa Note a few months ago. When you kick the Hyundai Equus shifter into reverse, the default view features a split screen, with roughly two-thirds of the real estate devoted to the rearview camera, and the other one-third displaying an approximation of the overhead view of the car compiled by using images from four cameras — one on each side of the car.

Just as in the Nissan Versa Note, the four-camera system is very helpful in the Hyundai Equus. However, that’s not the only trick Hyundai had up its sleeve.

While navigating the drive-thru at the local Taco Bell today, I tapped the button in the center console that has a camera on it, bringing up the camera options for the parking system. By turning the Equus’ infotainment controller knob and then clicking it like a big, round mouse button, I could select from multiple camera angles. I found the view pictured here was most helpful in avoiding one of those nasty curb rash incidents with which any drive-thru frequenter is all too familiar. It devoted two-thirds of the screen space to a wide-angle view off the front of the car, while the other one-third showed the driver’s side front quarter of the car.

This view allowed me to glide the Equus right up to the curb like a pro, with nary a nasty scraping sound emanating from the largest Hyundai’s fancy 19-inch rims grinding on the concrete curbing.

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The Hyundai Equus does a good job hiding its exterior parking assistance cameras. This is the most noticeable one, protruding from the grille. The others won’t be found unless you’re laying on your back next to the wing mirrors or rear decklid. (Lyndon Johnson photo)

Hyundai also deserves props for doing a good job camouflaging its cameras. The most noticeable one is the front camera, which protrudes in a small housing on the grille’s central upright pillar, but the others — one each in the wing mirrors and one in the rear decklid — go completely unnoticed.

This is just a tease of the total Equus experience, though. I’ll talk more about my impressions of the $68,000 Hyundai (!) in subsequent posts.

Disclosure: Hyundai provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of gas.

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