HYUNDAI has truly reinvented the wheel with a futuristic transforming car that walks like a spider.
The concept machine, unveiled at CES 2019, has wheels that can extend on four robot-like limbs to form feet that help it cross tricky terrain.
The Hyundai Elevate can transform into a terrain-conquering walking robot[/caption]
Called the Hyundai Elevate, it can even climb a 5ft wall or jump a 5ft gap to help it get to hard-to-reach places.
The vehicle could one day help police and medics during dangerous rescue missions following natural disasters, according to its designers.
“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,” Hyundai vice-president John Suh said at the firm’s CES event in Las Vegas.
“Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.”
The machine can flip between a driving mode and walking mode[/caption]
The vehicle was unveiled at an event at CES 2019 in Las Vegas[/caption]
Elevate can be entered from either side of the vehicle[/caption]
Hyundai has been working on the vehicle with design firm Sundberg-Ferar for three years, though it is just a concept for now.
It’s unclear when, or if, the companies plan to turn it into a reality.
The Elevate can move in all direction, and its body’s doors mean it can be entered from all four sides.
Those who suffer from car sickness needn’t worry: It’s computer systems keep its chasis level over even the roughest terrain.
Suh added that the vehicles could also fit into New York taxi services.
Hyundai said the vehicle could be used in disaster response missions[/caption]
The incredible vehicle could be used as part of a futuristic taxi service[/caption]
Hyundai has been working on the vehicle for three years, though it is just a concept for now[/caption]
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Its ability to climb stairs means it would be great for passengers in a wheelchair, allowing them to simply “roll in”.
“This technology goes well beyond emergency situations,” he said.
“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.”
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