How to operate Remote Smart Parking Assist on Hyundai IONIQ 5

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Ioniq 5 remote smart parking assist

Many vehicles come with parking assists these days. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is no different.
One of the ways to park your car is by using the smart key. This feature, part of the overall Smart Parking umbrella system, means you can get out of the vehicle and have it remotely park itself.
This article walks you through the basics of the Hyundai IONIQ 5’s Remote Smart Parking Assist. It’s a general overview and not a comprehensive guide.
As always, it’s crucial to read your owner’s manual before operating this assist system. It might work differently from other features you’ve used before. If in doubt, don’t use it and park manually!

What is the Hyundai IONIQ 5 Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)?
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 comes with a Smart Parking feature. In short, the car will park itself, using front and rear sensors. It controls the steering, power output, and brakes.
The Remote Smart Parking Assist is part of the Smart Parking feature. It allows you to activate and deactivate the self-parking from outside your IONIQ 5. You use your key (‘smart key’).
You can use Remote Smart Parking Assist for any reverse parking situation.

  • Reverse perpendicular park (bay park) – left or right
  • Reverse parallel park – left or right

System limitations of Hyundai IONIQ 5 Remote Smart Parking Assist

The Remote Smart Parking Assist comes with many system limitations. Find the relevant section in your owner’s manual to understand everything you must avoid.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the main system limitations. Note that it doesn’t include everything! As mentioned, consult your owner’s manual.

  • All passengers (including the driver) must exit your IONIQ 5 before using RSPA.
  • Don’t attempt to park in a space that’s too small. Remote Smart Parking Assist is still limited by physics! Other vehicles next to you must also be able to get out.
  • Remember – you need to be able to get out of the space. Will you be able to if RSPA doesn’t work?
  • Sensor damage or obstruction interferes with the RSPA and may cause a crash. This could include damage, modification, adverse weather, dirt, water intrusion, mud, glitches, malfunctions, etc.
  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 Remote Smart Parking Assist won’t work if you’re further away than 4 meters from your car.
  • You can’t use RSPA for diagonal parking spaces.
  • You’ll be warned to slow down at 12 mph. At 18 mph, it deactivates.
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist won’t operate if you leave a smart key in the vehicle or someone else presses a button.
  • If the parking space is on a steep hill, Parking Assist won’t work.
  • The process should automatically halt if obstructions, pedestrians, or animals are located. You must keep an eye out for these to prevent unnecessary damage and hazardous situations.
  • If the charge level of the high-voltage batteries is too low, RSPA won’t start.
  • Once you park using RSPA, cars parked around you might move. The exiting feature won’t work in this case.

There are many more things you should consider. In short, only use the IONIQ 5’s Parking Assist if it’s safe!

Activating Hyundai IONIQ 5 Parking Assist and looking for a parking space

Parking Assist in the IONIQ 5 is activated when your car is on and in Drive. Move at speeds above 3 mph to ensure it works.

  1. Press and hold the Parking/View button.
  2. Select Agree on the infotainment system.
  3. Drive forward slowly, maintaining a distance of around 40 inches (1 meter) from the parked cars.
  4. A notification and an audible signal will alert you when an appropriate space has been found.
    • Check that the parking space is suitable, wide enough, and not obstructed.
  5. Brake and bring the vehicle to a stop.
    • Parking Assist will resume looking for a different spot if you carry on driving.
  6. Select the relevant parking type on the infotainment screen.
    • It will pop up automatically.

You can override the Parking Assist system in this stage by pressing the Parking/View button again once activated. You could also come to a stop and shift to reverse.

Using Hyundai IONIQ Parking Assist

Smart Parking can be started in the vehicle’s infotainment system. However, this article focuses on Remote Smart Parking Assist, activated remotely by your key.

  1. After selecting the relevant parking type, follow the on-screen instructions to use Remote Smart Parking Assist.
    1. Keep your foot on the brake pedal.
  2. Put the IONIQ 5 in Park.
  3. Ensure the windows, sunroof (if applicable), and trunk are closed.
  4. Unfasten your seatbelt and leave the car with the key.
  5. Stand within 4 meters of your vehicle.
  6. Press and hold the rear parking button on your smart key.
  7. RSPA will control the steering wheel, speed, and drive mode.
  8. Hold the button until the IONIQ 5 reaches the desired position in the parking space.
  9. It then automatically shifts to Park, activates the electronic parking brake, and turns itself off.
  10. Lock the doors.

If you need to pause or stop the Remote Smart Parking Assist, press the remote start button on the smart key.
If certain conditions are met, you can use the forward parking button on your smart key to get your IONIQ 5 to leave the space.

Understanding the key LED lights during Hyundai IONIQ 5 Remote Smart Parking Assist

The key’s LED indicator will illuminate while Remote Smart Parking Assist is active.

  • LED blinks green – RSPA is working normally.
  • LED illuminates green for 4 seconds, then turns off – Remote Parking complete.
  • LED blinks red – Remote Smart Parking Assist is paused.
  • LED illuminates red for 4 seconds, then turns off – RSPA has been overridden and turned off.

The owner’s manual is the only source of information you should refer to when operating RSPA. This article should be taken as a guide only. To ensure safety, read your Hyundai IONIQ 5 owner’s manual.
You’ll find a copy of the IONIQ 5’s owner’s manual below.

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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