With a concept like this, Hyundai sees multiple possibilities in search and rescue operations, disaster control and other emergency applications where traversing hard terrain quickly is needed. According to Hyundai, Elevate can climb even a five-foot high wall.
"The legs here have five degrees of freedom, two in the hip, one in the knee, two in the ankle and an in-wheel propulsion motor", adds Byron.
"When a tsunami or natural disaster hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field", said Suh. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", Suh said.
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.
Hyundai is pitching it primarily for use as a rescue vehicle, but has also rendered it as a taxi that can accommodate people with disabilities by climbing staircases where ramps aren't available. 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 auto.
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. "This technology goes well beyond emergency situations". The vehicle's legs can also be folded and stored to allow the robot to drive like a regular vehicle.
And they retract to a stealth "drive" mode, in case you don't want to make the other vehicles feel bad about themselves.
Hyundai has shown off a new vehicle concept that it says is the future of the first responder industry. In "mammalian mode", the legs are extended below, and the vehicle moves with an nearly humanlike gait.The vehicle can walk in any direction and is capable of stepping over a five-foot gap and climbing over a five-foot wall as well as speeding along a highway, according to the company.Just don't expect "Elevate" to show up in Hyundai showrooms anytime soon. "The possibilities are limitless".
Hyundai calls the Elevate EV the world's first vehicle with moveable legs.