South Korean passenger car maker Hyundai has unveiled a new concept model car - Elevate at Consumer Electronics Show 2019 (CES 2019). It is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) with blending technology and robots found in electric cars. And also it is the first off-road vehicle that can be capable of travel in any situation and terrain with its flexible suspension.
According to the Hyundai, the Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motors and is enabled by the latest in electric actuator technology. This design is uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, allowing it to move in any direction.
John Suh, Vice President and Head of Hyundai CRADLE, said “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.”
The legs also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where the power to the joints is cut, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency. This allows Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.