Hyundai Motor Co. vowed to reinforce its entire model lineup with connected technology by 2022 as it mapped out its future mobility vision in three key areas - personalized electric vehicle, global leadership in connected cars, and expanded collaboration with third parties - at the CES 2019.
The concept offers a glimpse of what tomorrow's disaster response vehicles might look like.
According to Hyundai, Elevate has traditional wheels on four corners, which are connected to the auto by way of mechanical, moveable legs. "They have to go the rest of the way by foot", said Hyundai vice-president John Suh.
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Another preview, showing the concept as a city taxi, demonstrates how such technology could make it easier for passengers to travel around hard environments.
Prof David Bailey, from Aston Business School, said: "Often auto companies bring out lots of concepts which may or may not make it into production but it's great to think in new ways about mobility". While only a concept, Hyundai says it can step over a 5-foot wide gap and climb a 5-foot wall while keeping the body level.
"The quadrupedal Hyundai Elevate will redefine the boundaries and perceptions of vehicular mobility".
And the technology goes beyond emergency situations.
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"The legs here have five degrees of freedom, two in the hip, one in the knee, two in the ankle and an in-wheel propulsion motor", adds Byron.
Created to address the need for rapid and efficient disaster assistance, the Hyundai Elevate is built on a modular EV platform that can switch between different bodies for specific situations. Elevate is an electric vehicle with robotic legs, which can be used both to drive and to walk.
The legs also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where power to the joints is cut. "The possibilities are limitless". For example, an Elevate stuck in snow on a roadside could get up and walk back to lanes of traffic.
Introducing the Walking Car Concept or 'Elevate, ' a car with.well, legs.
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Whether or not these hulking semi-robotic quadrupeds will be allowed on the city streets is another story, but Elevate's leg architecture is said to have programming capabilities to mimic both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits.