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Hyundai's walking auto concept is a godsend for first responders

Hyundai's walking auto concept is a godsend for first responders

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Hyundai's so-called Elevate vehicle, claimed to be the first ever auto with moveable legs, borrows technologies from the worlds of robotics and electric vehicles to create a vehicle that can drive, walk and even climb across some of the most rugged terrain.

The Elevate was created using a combination of Hyundai's latest EV technology with the power of robotics.

The Elevate concept is based on Hyundai's new E-GMP modular electric vehicle platform and has the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. Elevate extends its expandable robotic legs for omnidirectional motion.

Elevate has been dubbed the world's first "Ultimate Mobility Vehicle" and is being revealed in concept form at this week's Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, US.

Forward-looking: Hyundai's walking auto concept is being marketed to first responders but its technology could go well beyond emergency situations.




This vehicle is also able to drive at high speeds.

In addition to unveiling its latest concept vehicle, Hyundai also presented its future mobility road map at CES 2019. In fact, says Hyundai, the disposition of its limbs make it capable of "both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits".

However, what makes the Elevate literally stand out is the ability to scale a five foot wall, step over a five foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15 foot wide track width, all while keeping its body and passengers completely level.

Hyundai has been working with Michigan-based industrial design firm Sundberg-Ferar on the project for three years, but has not yet built a full-size working prototype, so it is likely still years away from possibly entering production.

"People living with disabilities worldwide that don't have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in", he continued. "The possibilities are limitless". Cradle Hyundai Motor's corporate venturing and open innovation business, which partners and invests extensively in prominent global startups to accelerate the development of advanced future automotive technologies.


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