Hyundai Elevate EV is a walking electric vehicle concept
09 January, 2019, 00:18 | Author: Sally Reid
The concept auto, which can apparently climb a five-foot wall and step over a five-foot gap while keeping its body and passengers completely level, is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. Each leg has five degrees of freedom: two in the hip, one in the knee, and two in the ankle all powered by an in-wheel propulsion motor. If worst comes to worst, the vehicle can even freeze its wheels in place and "walk" over the debris field.
Future iterations of the platform could theoretically be used for a variety of applications beyond emergency response.
The company believes that the technology could be used in non-emergency situations as well, particularly helping those with disabilities. Hyundai is calling it the Elevate concept which is a radical four-legged vehicle and has redefined Hyundai's statement of mobility.
The auto is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle, meant to blend technology found in robots and electric cars, allowing it to traverse terrain that even the most capable off-road vehicles are unable to navigate.
Elevate can even walk in different styles: mammalian or reptilian style gaits.
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Furthermore, the legs can fold up into a stowed drive mode, where power to the joints is cut, allowing the Elevate to drive at highway speeds.
If someone could not access a building without a ramp, for example, the Elevate could walk across, level itself and allow the wheelchair to enter before moving it into the entrance.
The manufacturer claims the model can climb a five-foot wall and step over a gap of the same distance - all while keeping the passengers level. "Imagine a vehicle 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 designer David Byron from Hyundai's design partner, Sundberg-Ferar.
And Hyundai has released concept footage of how the vehicle would achieve this.
Elevate is part of Hyundai's "Centre for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences" (Cradle), which aims to enhance transportation on and off the road.
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