Hyundai's walking vehicle could save lives and even go to Mars

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Hyundai's walking vehicle could save lives and even go to Mars

Built on a modular vehicle chassis, Elevate vehicles can swap out robotic attachments for different situations, like a auto stuck in a snow ditch climbing its way back up to the road. Reaching the disaster struck faster means saving a lot of lives. The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motors.

When in "drive-mode" with the "legs" automatically folded out of the way, the Elevate can cruise at highway speeds, just like a normal vehicle. Described as an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), the Hyundai Elevate concept is a rescue vehicle ready for any disaster that might hit the planet. Wheels with robotic legs allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain, and make the Elevate resemble something straight out of a "Star Wars" movie.

Elevate can even walk in different styles: mammalian or reptilian style gaits.

In a statement, Hyundai added: "At CES 2019, Hyundai Cradle is presenting a totally new vehicle concept that combines the power of robotics and EV technology to take people where no vehicle has been before".

This, as the automaker points out, makes the concept well suited to first responders in emergency situations. Elevate is designed with four mechanical legs with wheels for feet and can roll along on extended legs or retract them to be driven like a auto.

But the technology used for Elevate can go well beyond emergency situations. This allows the Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.

Elevate can climb a five-foot (1.52-meter) wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15-foot (4.57-m) wide track width. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", Suh said.

"Imagine a vehicle stranded in a snow ditch just 3 metres off the highway being able to walk or climb over the treacherous terrain, back to the road potentially saving its injured passengers - this is the future of vehicular mobility".

Inside the Elevate, passengers would experience a vehicle fully engineered to tackle the roughest terrain comfortably.

Hyundai built Elevate in partnership with Sundberg-Ferar, a Detroit-based design studio. "Elevate is part of our various "Last-Mile" technologies and solutions and it also has "Last-100 Yards" capability too".

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