Hyundai Elevate Is the Closest We've Gotten to Transformers

Hyundai Elevate

Hyundai previewed an idea it has for a giant "walking" vehicle with a very small model of it at CES in Las Vegas.

By blending electric auto and robotics technology, the Hyundai Elevate feels like a step toward sci-fi. Elevate is an electric vehicle with robotic legs, which can be used both to drive and to walk. 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. It combines the technology found in electric cars and robots, allowing it to travel across hard terrain, debris, stairs and places typical off-road vehicles can't reach.

Of course, the legs can also be retracted in what Hyundai calls a "stowed-drive" mode, and it will take to the highway like any other wheeled vehicle. 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 vehicle.

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Hyundai says that the Elevate can drive at highway speeds like a conventional auto. When the terrain gets a bit bumpier, it can switch to active driving suspension or transform into a walking robot, mimicking mammalian or reptilian style gaits.

Hyundai says the walking concept can climb a five-foot wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over diverse terrain and achieve a 15-foot track width, all while keeping its body and passengers "completely level". We are talking about the Hyundai Elevate concept showcased at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019. Hyundai also said in the release that this concept might be used included being able to carefully extract injured people from disaster zones or rugged terrain.

"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", he continued. Cradle Hyundai Motor's corporate venturing and open innovation business, which partners and invests extensively in prominent global startups to accelerate the development of advanced future automotive technologies. "The possibilities are limitless".

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