Hyundai shows off 'walking car' at CES

Hyundai shows off 'walking car' at CES

Elevate is an electric vehicle with robotic legs, which can be used both to drive and to walk.

Thankfully, a picture saves a thousand words and a video even more, so I don't have to describe the articulation of this spidery legged Hyundai Elevate.

Hyundai has claimed the Elevate concept to be the "Ultimate Mobility Vehicle" which with its robotic legs can walk or crawl over treacherous terrain.

The concept can drive at highway speeds, walk over diverse terrain, and has a 15-foot track width.

In a disaster, such an quake or tsunami, first responders are only able to get to the edge of the debris field using conventional cars and trucks, with the rest of journey completed on foot.

At CES 2019, Hyundai showed off a new concept vehicle that could make it easier to reach victims of natural disasters: a "walking car", which uses articulated legs to navigate off-road following floods, fires and earthquakes. The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motors powered by electric actuator technology. The idea is that when there is a natural disaster like an quake that rescue vehicles aren't able to get into, or take aid to this auto could get to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.

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"There may well be applications in terms of emergency services - but there are very big technological challenges to make this sort of thing".

The Elevate concept is based on a modular electric vehicle platform, which Hyundai says includes the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations.

Hyundai also suggested that Elevate could be used to help people in wheelchairs get around, particularly in areas where there aren't any ramps. The vehicle is created to utilize "both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits", giving it the ability to travel in any direction, the company said, noting that the legs fold up into a "stowed drive-mode" to save power.

For example, an Elevate stuck in snow on a roadside could get up and walk back to lanes of traffic, or the vehicle could be put to work exploring other planets. "The possibilities are limitless.", mentions John Suh, VP and Head, Hyundai Cradle.

Hyundai calls the Elevate EV the world's first vehicle with moveable legs.

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