Hyundai walking vehicle concept can drive, walk, and climb

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Elevate is designed with four mechanical legs with wheels for feet and can roll along on extended legs or retract them to be driven like a vehicle. For people living with disabilities without access to an ADA ramp, the statement said, an autonomous version of the Elevate could walk to a front door and position itself so that a wheelchair could "roll right in". The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motors.

But the Elevate can also do what no other vehicle can - climb a 5ft wall, step over a 5ft gap, or walk over diverse terrain, making it ideal for search-and-rescue missions or emergency response situations following natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes.

The UMV blends tech found in electric cars and robots and can move across terrain that would limit even the most capable off-road vehicle.

Prof David Bailey, from Aston Business School, said: "Often vehicle companies bring out lots of concepts which may or may not make it into production but it's great to think in new ways about mobility".

Despite looking like a cross between a Mars rover and those murderous metalheads from a Black Mirror episode, the Hyundai Elevate is being developed for first responders who must often save disaster victims within a crucial 72-hour window of time.

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Created to address the need for rapid and efficient disaster assistance, the Hyundai Elevate is built on a modular EV platform that can switch between different bodies for specific situations.

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.

"A vehicle with legs could drive first responders to a location like any traditional vehicle, but then walk or climb over treacherous terrain to directly reach the injured or stranded like you just saw in the video", he explains.

The company proposed a hypothetical scenario where a vehicle was stranded in a show ditch 10 feet off of a highway. "The possibilities are limitless.", mentions John Suh, VP and Head, Hyundai Cradle.

At this year's CES technology show in Las Vegas, Hyundai has introduced a third vision for how vehicles might traverse the world around them - one that doesn't rely exclusively on wheels.

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