Watch Hyundai’s Elevate Walking Car Concept

Hyundai Walking Car Concept is the Future of the First Responder Industry.

Hyundai’s Elevate Concept Car Uses Legs.

Wheels with robotic legs allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain never before possible by a traditional car. Debuting at CES 2019, “Elevate”, the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), prepares communities in the event of a natural disaster.

The essential for efficient, rapid, resilient transportation for disaster assistance is what led Hyundai to develop the first-ever vehicle with moveable legs. Hyundai’s Elevate walking car concept 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.

Hyundai Elevate Concept
The Hyundai Elevate Concept helps a person get to a doctor appointment in a city.

Hyundai has combined electric vehicle technology and robotics, to come up with something known as “legs” for their vehicle, giving the name ‘Elevate’ to it’s latest concept car. What this essentially does is replaces the conventional four wheels with robotic legs, which are highly capable of traversing over any terrain, vertical or horizontal and regardless of the surface texture. If this concept is to be believed, we could easily have the perfect ‘All-Terrain Vehicle’ in the coming years. Hence Hyundai has dubbed Elevate as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle.

The Hyundai Elevate climbs itself out of a snow covered ditch.
The Hyundai Elevate climbs itself out of a snow covered ditch.

The Korean manufacturer Hyundai has never hesitated from experimentation, however absurd it may be. Right from giving their rallycross chassis to a commuter hatchback in i20 or coming up with an all-new electric vehicle in the Kona, Hyundai has surprised its audience time and again. This time at CES 2019, Hyundai took a step which no one was expecting. Hyundai removed the wheels of the car and has come up with an alternative for the conventional wheels.

The Hyundai Elevate in drive mode
The Hyundai Elevate in drive mode

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

Engineering enhancements include:

  • Robotic legs with five degrees of freedom plus in-wheel propulsion.
  • Ability to walk in mammalian and reptilian style gaits for omnidirectional motion
  • Capable of climbing a five-foot vertical wall
  • Step over a five foot gap
  • Non-back drivable motors enable the legs to lock in any position
  • Modular electric vehicle platform

However, as fancy and appealing as it sounds, it has not been deemed as a possible concept yet. A wide array of problems ranging from passenger comfort to driver safety have stunted the progress of Elevate, but Hyundai engineers seem to be in no mood to give up. Hyundai categorises the Elevate as an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle or UMV.

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