Hyundai's 'walking car' could be the ambulance of the future

Andrew Cummings
January 9, 2019

John Suh, vice president and head of Hyundai Cradle, said: "When a tsunami or natural disaster hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field". As a taxi, for example, Elevate could transport a person in a wheelchair easily. Labelled as an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), the Elevate combines technology found in electric cars and robots, which allows it to traverse terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicles.

This vehicle is also able to drive at high speeds.

But bring on the impossible terrain and those robotic legs with five degrees of freedom come into play, making it capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, allowing it to move in any direction, with the wheels also rolling when necessary.

The project is called Elevate. "Could you help someone elevate to a front door when they can't get out of their front door if it's someone with disabilities in a wheel chair and they don't have a ramp?"

Hyundai, who has been working on the idea with industrial design consultancy firm Sundberg-Ferar for nearly three years, says that the electric concept would be able to climb a five foot vertical wall and step over five foot gaps.

"By combining the power of robotics with Hyundai's latest EV technology, Elevate has the ability to take people where no auto has been before, and redefine our perception of vehicular freedom", said David Byron, design manager at Sundberg-Ferar.

The auto maker Hyundai has revealed a new walking vehicle that they hope will be able to save lives in disaster zones.

The Hyundai Elevate has been designed with Sundberg-Ferar, located in Metro Detroit, a product innovation studio specializing in innovation strategy, design research, industrial design, user interface, engineering and prototyping.

John Suh, head of Hyundai's technology development arm, Cradle, said: "Current rescue vehicles can only deliver responders to the edge of the debris field". "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete". We are talking about the Hyundai Elevate concept showcased at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019.

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