Hyundai Elevate Walking Car Project Showcased At CES 2019

Image    Elevate can cover terrain that would defeat even the toughest SUVs

Image Elevate can cover terrain that would defeat even the toughest SUVs

A case in point is Hyundai, which today showed off a four wheeled vehicle that, as well as rolling in the expected manner, can walk and climb if the terrain requires. "Could you help someone elevate to a front door when they can't get out of their front door if it's someone with disabilities in a wheel chair and they don't have a ramp?"

Based on a modular EV platform, the Elevate can be deployed in a variety of emergency situations, from earthquakes and hurricanes to avalanches and tsunamis, simply by swapping the cabin out from the underlying vehicle frame. The legs, which can lock in any position, even fold up under the body, so on roads the Elevate can drive along on its wheels like a normal auto. Elevate is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), blending technology found in electric cars and robots, which allows it to traverse terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicle.

The legs also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where power to the joints is cut, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximises battery efficiency.

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

Each wheel is powered by an electric motor, and they can be braked to work as feet as the vehicle walks either like a reptile or mammal, depending on the situation.

This design, says Hyundai, is "uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits", essentially allowing it to move in any direction. We are talking about the Hyundai Elevate concept showcased at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", Suh said.

Hyundai says that the Elevate can drive at highway speeds like a conventional 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.

The concept offers a glimpse of what tomorrow's disaster response vehicles might look like.

Elevate is part of Hyundai's "Centre for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences" (Cradle), which aims to enhance transportation on and off the road.

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