Hyundai thinks out of the box with walking, climbing car

Hyundai thinks out of the box with walking, climbing car

The development of "walking vehicles", as they are called, has been a preoccupation of the automotive industry for some time now, but like Elevate, most are still stuck in the experimental phase. "The dedicated electric vehicle models will offer customizable features, allowing drivers to alter the space and configuration of vehicles more efficiently than vehicles that are derived from traditional internal combustion architecture", said Cho Won-hong, executive vice president of Hyundai Motor's customer and marketing division.

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Pedestrians can be detected more than 450 feet (137 meters) away and the vehicle will even show them what it intends to do next.

Another preview, showing the concept as a city taxi, demonstrates how such technology could make it easier for passengers to travel around hard environments.

The vehicle utilises an electric power train alongside advanced robotic systems.

Nor is just disaster zones where people can benefit from Elevate, according to Hyundai. Simply put, Hyundai Elevate can replicate the walk of both mammals and reptiles and climb a 5 ft wall or step over a 5 ft gap.

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The concept has wheels like any other auto, sure, but they're mounted at the end of articulated robotic legs, meaning it can both drive like a vehicle a walk like a living creature.

It has extendable and "highly dexterous" robot legs which allow Elevate to walk across the terrain.

When in "drive-mode" with the "legs" automatically folded out of the way, the Elevate can cruise at highway speeds, just like a normal auto. 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.

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. For instance, Hyundai is saying that the vehicle could also be put to work like exploring other planets. "The possibilities are limitless.", mentions John Suh, VP and Head, Hyundai Cradle.

Hyundai's walking auto concept was presented at this year's CES, the biggest tech show on the planet, which is taking place in Las Vegas from 8 to 11 January.

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