Hyundai's 'Elevate' concept is a four-legged first responder

Hyundai sees Walking Car prototype as perfect disaster relief vehicle

Hyundai sees Walking Car prototype as perfect disaster relief vehicle

More than 2,000 years after the wheelbarrow's debut in classical Greece, ushering in a new era of locomotion, Hyundai's latest concept vehicle is created to walk as easily as it rolls. Each leg is afforded five degrees of freedom, while each wheel is packed with its own motor enabling the UMV to maintain its progress even is one or two wheels can't get traction. A case in point is Hyundai, which today showed off a four wheeled vehicle that, as well as rolling in the expected manner, can walk and climb if the terrain requires.

Pedestrians can be detected more than 450 feet (137 meters) away and the vehicle will even show them what it intends to do next.

Developed for almost three years by Hyundai's Cradle division, the brand's Centre for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences, the Elevate is built on a modular electric vehicle (EV) platform that allows components, such as its body shape and legs, to be swapped out.

Essentially a auto with legs, the "Walking Car" concept uses robot legs (with wheels attached) to drive, walk or even climb over treacherous, mottled terrain-you know, like in the first Terminator movie.

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

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Hyundai is unveiling their revolutionary new vehicle concept "Elevate" through an animated video on stage at CES in Las Vegas.

Capable of both "mammalian and reptilian walking gaits", the Elevate can also climb over a five-foot wall, according to Hyundai - so you'll have to find somewhere else to hide. "The possibilities are limitless.", mentions John Suh, VP and Head, Hyundai Cradle. 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.

Hyundai seems less interested in these futuristic visions and more focused on real-world applications for its new technology.

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.

"It can go where no vehicle has gone before", Suh said.

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