Emergency services know that the first 72 hours are the most crucial following a natural disaster, but often times it can be difficult for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid missions to get immediate help for those in need. That’s exactly why Hyundai developed a vehicle with moveable legs, called Elevate, which is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) that blends technology found in electric cars and robots. This means it’s capable of traversing terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicles. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Hyundai’s Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to swap different bodies depending on the situation, while its robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom as well as wheel hub propulsion motors and is enabled by the latest in electric actuator technology. This unique design allows for both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits that let it move in any direction. The can be folded 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, thus enabling Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.
“By combining the power of robotics with Hyundai’s latest EV technology, Elevate has the ability to take people where no car has been before, and redefine our perception of vehicular freedom. Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch just 10 feet off the highway being able to walk or climb over the treacherous terrain, back to the road potentially saving its injured passengers – this is the future of vehicular mobility,” said David Byron, design manager, Sundberg-Ferar.