"When a tsunami or natural disaster hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field", said Suh. As a taxi, for example, Elevate could transport a person in a wheelchair easily.
Hyundai has shown off a small model of a vehicle it says can activate robotic legs to walk at 3mph (5km/h) over rough terrain.
Elevate has been dubbed the world's first "Ultimate Mobility Vehicle" and is being revealed in concept form at this week's Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, US. Each leg is afforded five degrees of freedom, while each wheel is packed with its own motor enabling the UMV to maintain its progress even is one or two wheels can't get traction. This allows the Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle. In fact, says Hyundai, the disposition of its limbs make it capable of "both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits". Hyundai is calling it the Elevate concept which is a radical four-legged vehicle and has redefined Hyundai's statement of mobility.
But while Hyundai's concept is moving forward, it's unlikely to be appearing at a local dealership any time soon.
Image The idea is that the Elevate could help first responders get directly to victims
In a statement, Hyundai added: "At CES 2019, Hyundai Cradle is presenting a totally new vehicle concept that combines the power of robotics and EV technology to take people where no vehicle has been before".
The auto maker Hyundai has revealed a new walking vehicle that they hope will be able to save lives in disaster zones.
It's not just for emergencies, though; if Elevate could be driven autonomously, it could improve the lives of wheelchair users without access to a stair ramp, climbing to their front door so they can manoeuvre their chair straight in. The idea is that when there is a natural disaster like an quake that rescue vehicles aren't able to get into, or take aid to this auto could get to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.
Hyundai has been working with Michigan-based industrial design firm Sundberg-Ferar on the project for three years, but has not yet built a full-size working prototype, so it is likely still years away from possibly entering production. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", Suh said. "The possibilities are limitless".
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