Hyundai presented in CES 2019, a walking car concept called Elevate.
On Wednesday, Hyundai released a teaser image of Elevate, an electric vehicle with four robotic legs designed to allow the car to walk or climb over rough terrain.
The company promised to reveal a design concept and prototype of the walking car on Monday at CES 2019, and it delivered — albeit on a small scale.
This is the Elevate model in 1:8 scale exhibited at CES.
The Hyundai showed a video of a four legged robot. Showing how Elevate will move in the environment. The legs has 6 degrees of freedom.
As anticipated from the initial concept image, the company believes Elevate could be a boon in emergency situations.
“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot,” John Suh, Hyundai vice president, said in a news release. “Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.”
Hyundai also believes Elevates could one day provide transportation services to people with mobility issues.
Some images from Hyundai`s site show applications of Elevate.
The Elevate in car mode.
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