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.
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.