If you’ve ever struggled to parallel park a car (or any vehicle), you can understand why there have been some crazy ideas over the years about how this complex maneuver can be better achieved through technology. At times, the solution has been effective, and not completely inelegant. But alas, cost and complexity have conspired to keep keep bumper makers and driving schools in business all these years. It’s only been recently that sensor-driven self-driving tech has been up to the task of hitting the mark (and not the curb).

The resurgence of electric vehicles has brought this and other maneuverability issues back into focus due to the way EVs are powered. With a gas-powered vehicle, making wheels turn and provide motive power is a complex endeavor, even if front wheel drive has been largely figured out over the history of the ICE-powered car.

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