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Hyundai Elevate EV is a walking electric vehicle concept
Jan 8th 2019  Antti Kautonen



The Elevate EV can reach your door

Last week Hyundai released some teaser material of its walking Elevate
concept, designed to negotiate "treacherous" areas a conventional wheeled
vehicle would struggle to get ahead. At CES 2019, the UMV – for Ultimate
Mobility Vehicle – saw its official debut.

Hyundai calls the Elevate EV the world's first vehicle with moveable legs.
It still has wheels, too, but they are attached to the ends of what can only
really be described as legs, so that the vehicle can find footing on
collapsed and destroyed ground after an earthquake, a hurricane or a flood.
The leg architecture has "five degrees of freedom", according to Hyundai, as
well as hub propulsion motors and actuators.

Crucially, it can also fold up to cruise at highway speeds, after scaling a
five-foot wall or reaching over a five-foot gap, or freeing itself from
snow. "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 designer David Byron from Hyundai's design partner,

"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. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over
flood debris or crumbled concrete," said John Suh, Hyundai vice president
and head of Hyundai CRADLE, or Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living

The symmetrically designed cabin can be swapped out depending of the
application: in addition to a rescue vehicle, the Elevate can also be kitted
out to function as a taxi, capable of reaching the front door of a
brownstone with stairs, as shown in the slideshow. "This technology goes
well beyond emergency situations - people living with disabilities worldwide
that don't have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai
Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow
their wheelchair to roll right in – the possibilities are limitless",
continued Suh.
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