TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Hyundai brought its new Elevate concept vehicle, featuring legs that can walk on any terrain, to CES Las Vegas 2019, on Monday.
They billed it as the "perfect first responder," developing the concept for use in emergency situations.
The South Korean company showed a demo of a robotic prototype, which can allegedly climb five feet (1.52m) high.
The Elevate is designed for first responder situation, but can also be used to enhance mobility options for all, according to the company.
The Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motors and is enabled by the latest in electric actuator technology. This design is uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, allowing it to move in any direction, Motorward Reported.
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 maximizes battery efficiency. This allows Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle. But no other can climb 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. Further, the combination of wheeled motion with articulating legs provides a new paradigm of mobility by enabling faster walking speeds, unique dynamic driving postures and torsional control at the end of each leg.