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Hyundai recalls 2020 Sonata and Nexo to fix parking assist software

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South Korean carmaker Hyundai has issued a safety recall for the 2020 Sonata sedan and Nexo fuel-cell SUV. According to the recall notice filed with the NHTSA, both the 2020 Sonata and Nexo have minor software problems with the ‘smart park’ remote parking assistance feature. This issue may cause the vehicle to move unintentionally upon activating the Smart Parking Assist Technology.

The latest Hyundai safety recall affects nearly 12,000 units of the Sonata and Nexo. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration defines the problem as an error in the software programming of the standard Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) feature. Apparently, the software may fail to prevent the vehicle from moving upon detecting a malfunction in the RSPA.

In other words, the problem may cause the vehicle to move involuntarily upon activating the RSPA feature, thereby increasing the chances of a crash. Least to say, you don’t want this from happening as you demonstrate the smart parking assist feature to your buddies at the parking lot.

Hyundai’s new Remote Smart Parking Assist allows the Sonata and Nexo to park itself in tight spaces without driver intervention – or even without a driver behind the wheel. The system is active after pushing a button inside the car or by using the remote-operated key fob.

Hyundai will fix the problem by reprogramming the RSPA software free of charge beginning June 4, 2020. Affected owners should refer to the NHTSA website to check if their respective Sonatas and Nexos are affected by this safety recall. Thankfully, there were no prior injuries or accidents to report from this software issue. We reckon the Sonata is affected the most since the Nexo is only sold in California as of this writing.

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is an all-new midsize sedan offering unique styling elements and a bevy of new tech. This includes a new ‘smaht pack’ system which Hyundai featured in a new Super Bowl ad earlier this year. Apparently, smart parking assist is only offered on the high-end Sonata Limited trim while the feature is standard in the Nexo fuel-cell SUV.

Hyundai is set to notify all affected owners regarding the latest safety recall. If you happen to own a new Sonata Limited or Nexo SUV, you can get in touch with Hyundai customer service to schedule a repair. The number for this Hyundai safety recall is 191.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 Under-Display Camera May Get A Stealthy Makeover

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According to a tweet from the account @SamsungRydah, which was first spied by SamMobile and has since been removed by Twitter based on a copyright claim (seemingly lending credibility to the leak), the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will rectify the poor invisibility of the UDC. The model will reportedly use a different arrangement of pixels to make it denser, providing a 132ppi circle, up from the Galaxy Z Fold 3 model’s measly 94ppi. The result is that the hole will hopefully be less visible, and text should be less distorted in that area. Unfortunately, it’s not completely invisible, at least not based on the leaked slide.

What isn’t clear, however, is whether Samsung is also upgrading the camera sensor itself to something more than just 4MP. Increasing the sensor’s own pixel count could help offset whatever side effects the UDC panel might have in terms of quality. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable’s internal camera was moderately usable for video calls, it just didn’t sit well with buyers considering how much they’d paid for the premium phone.

An upgraded internal camera would be in line with upgrades to the other cameras expected for the Galaxy Z Fold 4. These include a 50MP main sensor and a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. These are moderate upgrades, of course, but Samsung seems to be taking a page from Apple’s book here by improving quality through software and other minor tweaks rather than going all out on what would be a bulky sensor that wouldn’t fit the Galaxy Z Fold 4 model’s slim profile.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #416 – August 9, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#416 – August 9, 2022) is patty. Its meaning varies across cultural contexts — to the British, it’s a small pie or pastry; to North Americans, it’s a small, round, and flat chocolate-covered peppermint sweet. More generally to Americans, it’s a small flat cake of minced or finely chopped food, especially meat (via Merriam-Webster). To Mr. Krabs of SpongeBob, it’s a veggie burger (and a moneymaker). Seeing as the word patty has roots in the French word “pat,e” which means dough, Mr. Krabs obviously knew what he was doing. 

We solved the puzzle in four tries today, just like yesterday and the day before. We began guessing with the word roate, which is an uncommon but excellent first guess (even the WordleBot thought so). After following up with fluid, we hit a lucky strike with catty — only one letter short of the correct answer.

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The Reason Ford Won’t Build A Mustang GT500 Convertible

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Ford won’t be making a convertible Mustang GT500 because… it’s too powerful.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform, and operations officer confirmed the S550 platform on which the Mustang was built had reached “the top end of the capabilities” (via Muscle Cars & Trucks).

Dave Pericack, former Director Enterprise Product Line Management — Ford Icons, backs up those comments even more bluntly. “The real reason” Ford isn’t making a convertible model is because, by removing the roof, the car would lose all its structure and stiffness in the chassis and body. The power of the GT500 is simply too much for a convertible car to handle.

The only way it could make a convertible model would be to “spend a lot of money in exotic material” to compensate for the loss of the roof and the structural integrity it provides (via Ford Authority). Ford is not prepared to do that, considering the S550 platform is nearing the end of its road. The S650 platform — the seventh generation of Ford Mustangs — is on its way and will, in all likelihood, be the last Mustang with an internal combustion engine.

Fear not Ford faithful. The Blue Oval is already looking to the future and has already built a 900hp electric Mustang to show the world that an EV can also be a muscle car.

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