Auto with legs: Hyundai Elevate concept can walk, climb

Hyundai sees Walking Car prototype as perfect disaster relief vehicle

Yes, that's exactly what Hyundai has proposed with its Elevate concept unveiled Tuesday at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Officially, Hyundai says this first-ever vehicle with moveable legs would be ideal for disaster relief, the legs not only providing height and ground clearance but suspension as well, making it the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV).

What's more, the concept, which was developed in conjunction with Sundberg-Ferar, is based around a modular EV platform that allows different bodies to be switched and swopped when needed. Labelled as an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), the Elevate combines technology found in electric cars and robots, which allows it to traverse terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicles.

Its body can be changed and entered from all four sides, its robotic legs have five degrees of freedom and wheel hub propulsion motors.

This design, says Hyundai, is "uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits", essentially allowing it to move in any direction.

Elevate is Hyundai's first-ever vehicle with four moveable legs that give the auto an insect-like look.

John Suh, vice president and head of Hyundai CRADLE, which developed the concept, said: "When a tsunami or quake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field".

When the auto is in drive mode, the legs are folded up and power to the joints is cut to extend battery life.

The company believes that the technology could be used in non-emergency situations as well, particularly helping those with disabilities. 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.

According to Hyundai, the vehicle can can climb a 1.5 metre wall, step over a 1.5m gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 4.6m wide track width, while keeping the occupants level.

Further, the combination of wheeled motion with articulating legs equips the Elevate with faster walking speeds, dynamic driving postures and torsional control at the end of each leg. "The possibilities are limitless".

Hyundai has been working on the concept with industrial design consultancy Sundberg-Ferar for three years. Hyundai has not mentioned any details on the powertrain neither has disclosed any plans of bringing the Elevate concept into reality.

Related News:

  • Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

    Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating

    The agency, however, said it will still not be able to fully open parks and that many will remain closed. Members of a Muslim youth group meet at Cuyahoga National Park in Cleveland to clean up litter.
    Hutchinson, Matthews lead Maple Leafs past Canucks 5-0

    Hutchinson, Matthews lead Maple Leafs past Canucks 5-0

    The Canucks (20-21-4) should have an update on Pettersson's availability by the time they host the Coyotes (17-21-3) at 10 p.m. The Canucks are in the middle of a six-game road trip with their home rink, Rogers Arena , now hosting the 2019 World Juniors.
    California utility PG&E explores bankruptcy filing

    California utility PG&E explores bankruptcy filing

    Another suit calls the Camp Fire an "inevitable byproduct of PG&E's willful and conscious disregard of public safety". Filing for bankruptcy would shield PG&E from the liabilities, giving it time to figure out how to handle the claims.
  • GitHub offers private repositories to free users

    GitHub offers private repositories to free users

    Now, making private repositories is free for everybody, and users can loop in up to three collaborators on these projects. Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub, writes on Twitter that since its acquisition , GitHub has shipped over 125 improvements .
    Conor McGregor Challenges Floyd Mayweather's Latest Victim To Fight & Tenshin Nasukawa Accepts

    Conor McGregor Challenges Floyd Mayweather's Latest Victim To Fight & Tenshin Nasukawa Accepts

    The losers have been those willing to fight in the specialist discipline of their opponent. Can't McGregor call out somebody he'd like to fight in the UFC instead?
    The Golden Globes Tore Apart The Oscars Drama With Kevin Hart

    The Golden Globes Tore Apart The Oscars Drama With Kevin Hart

    Alas, he mostly talked about how he's been attacked by critics, painting himself as the victim. Please grasp this and use it in 2019. "It's life or death".
  • Kim Kardashian & Other Celebs Celebrate Cyntoia Brown Being Granted Clemency

    Kim Kardashian & Other Celebs Celebrate Cyntoia Brown Being Granted Clemency

    Executive clemency in Tennessee is "an act of mercy or leniency providing relief from certain outcome of a criminal conviction". Brown said Allen made her fear for her life, however, and that she took the money in order to pay her pimp, called "Cut Throat".
    Virat Kohlis hard advice for Australian team

    Virat Kohlis hard advice for Australian team

    On a basic level, they are matches Australia simply can not afford to lose. "He should have got a hundred", Lawry said. Travis was our leading run-scorer and Marcus showed in most innings that he could make it at this level.

    Japanese Billionaire Promises Cash, Gets Him Most Retweeted Tweet

    The post appeared to be in celebration of his website Zozotown making 10bn yen in sales over the Christmas and New Year period. The billionaire is paying the hefty amount to make his tweet the most retweeted tweet in the history of Twitter .
  • Carlos Ghosn claims innocence in first public appearance since arrest

    Carlos Ghosn claims innocence in first public appearance since arrest

    If proven, each of Mr Ghosn's alleged offenses may carry a sentence of as much as 10 years, prosecutors have said. For Ghosn's lawyers, the hearing is a chance to argue his case and push back against his prolonged detention.
    Saints to Face Philadelphia Eagles in Divisional Round of NFL Playoffs

    Saints to Face Philadelphia Eagles in Divisional Round of NFL Playoffs

    If the Eagles pull the upset, Philadelphia will head down to the Bayou, and Dallas will go to Los Angeles to face the Rams. And that could help Dallas secure the ability to play for a berth in the Super Bowl for the first time since January 1996.
    Elon Musk breaks ground on first Tesla factory outside US

    Elon Musk breaks ground on first Tesla factory outside US

    The new factory is expected to begin production in the second half of 2019, according to a government report. The challenging environment also includes competition from several startups that all want to be like Tesla.


Most liked

20 children injured in Chinese primary school attack
And one knifeman was executed after hurting 12 children with a vegetable knife during a rampage in January 2017 in southern China. Parents wait outside the entrance to the Beijing No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School in Beijing , China .

PSG forward Timothy Weah joins Celtic
New Celtic signing Oliver Burke says he is sure he can develop under Brendan Rodgers and the Northern Irishman was a big factor in his loan move to the club . "He'll add competition to the squad".

Broncos interview Bears coordinator Vic Fangio for head-coaching job
The Dolphins also planned to interview Fangio as well, but never scheduled a meeting, per NFL Network. Elway recently had dinner with Mike Munchak and Chuck Pagano in the past week as well.

Bianca Andreescu falls in first WTA final, ending remarkable run
Saturday's match will be her first semifinal at a WTA tournament, a feat she has achieved in memorable fashion. She beat top-seeded Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 and sixth-seeded Williams 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-3.

HTC's Vive Cosmos VR headset is awesome - and frustrating - in equal measure
With eye-tracking, users will not need a controller for specific tasks, using eye movements instead to navigate the VR world. This renders sharp images for wherever the human eye is looking in a virtual scene and reduces the image in the periphery.

Meghan Markle Set to Be Patron of National Theatre
Kensington Palace revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Birkenhead in England on Monday, January 14. Meghan's character married law firm partner Mike Ross, played by Patrick J.

Uber driver pleads guilty to killing 6 in U.S. shooting spree
As a result, the 48-year-old faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for each count of first-degree murder, Brower added. Cornish was "extraordinarily brave" to immediately get a phone from her boyfriend's pocket and call 911, the prosecutor said.

The LG Signature OLED TV R is the world's first rollable TV
Line View - the screen is partially unrolled, allowing for functions like the clock, weather, photos, and music to be managed. It will also be Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit enabled, like other 2019 LG TVs.

New Captain Marvel Trailer Airs During College National Championship Game
Jet on over to your local Alamo Drafthouse for tickets if you're partial to the Drafthouse ambiance, which many of us are. Now, Brie Larson is ready to take to the screen and punch the hell out of everyone in her way, including old ladies.

‘We’ve got what we’ve got’: India series underlines Australia’s batting issues
Shastri praised his skipper Virat Kohli's unrivalled passion after his nation's first Test cricket series victory in Australia . But sometimes we are so nervous as batsmen, we don't quite realise it. "I think they'll be up to the challenge", he said.

Ohio State Buckeyes, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano split
Hafley was the defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2018 and Mattison was Michigan's defensive line coach in 2018. He spent 13 total seasons, including a stint in the early 1990s, coaching the Buckeyes' chief rival.

What does R Kelly think about Lifetime documentary?
That same article originally wrote that Chance said that "I didn't value the accusers' stories because they were black women". R Kelly is yet to return to social media since the Lifetime documentary aired earlier this year.

HBO 2019 Reel Reveals First Look at Watchmen and Game of Thrones
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is also seen behind Sansa as she hands over the Northern stronghold to Daenerys. But you can bet that when they do eventually find out, it's going to be one super awkward conversation.

Tulowitzki signs one-year deal with Yankees
A rumor last month held that Machado was telling friends he preferred the Yankees , after visiting with all three teams. Sabathia is part of a projected rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A.

Gregg Popovich Asked Scottie Pippen To Mentor Kawhi Leonard
Leonard spent seven seasons with the Spurs and won Finals MVP in 2014 when he helped guide the team to its fifth championship. Considering how the Warriors were able to take the lead before the final possession, Harden's game-winner was poetic justice.