Hyundai designs 4-legged walking vehicle that could help during natural disasters

The idea is that the Elevate could help first responders get directly to victims

Image The idea is that the Elevate could help first responders get directly to victims

We've been intrigued by Hyundai's "walking car" concept ever since the automaker teased it last week. As a taxi, for example, Elevate could transport a person in a wheelchair easily.

At CES 2019, Hyundai showed off a new concept vehicle that could make it easier to reach victims of natural disasters: a "walking car", which uses articulated legs to navigate off-road following floods, fires and earthquakes. Described as an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), the Hyundai Elevate concept is a rescue vehicle ready for any disaster that might hit the planet.

That quandary is solved by modern electric auto technology, with special propulsion motors mounted inside each wheel, powered by the latest electric actuator technology.

This vehicle is also able to drive at high speeds.

When the going gets especially treacherous, omnidirectional mobility combines both walking gaits for even more flexibility.

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However, what makes the Elevate literally stand out is the ability to scale a five foot wall, step over a five foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15 foot wide track width, all while keeping its body and passengers completely level. This gives the Elevate omni-directional mobility capabilities and Hyundai claims that it can tackle all terrains seamlessly while adapting to varied degrees of difficulty on the fly.

The auto maker Hyundai has revealed a new walking vehicle that they hope will be able to save lives in disaster zones.

In addition to unveiling its latest concept auto, Hyundai also presented its future mobility road map at CES 2019. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", explains John Suh, Hyundai vice president and head of Hyundai Cradle.

The Hyundai Elevate has been designed with Sundberg-Ferar, located in Metro Detroit, a product innovation studio specializing in innovation strategy, design research, industrial design, user interface, engineering and prototyping. People living with disabilities worldwide that don't have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in.

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