Hyundai shows ‘walking’ car at CES in Las Vegas
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Hyundai shows ‘Elevate’, a concept of a car that is able to climb or walk on four legs on very difficult terrain.
The yearly CES in Las Vegas in the very beginning of the year has become very popular among car manufacturers. They are pleased to show the future there, the very near future or the one more far-fetched.
The Hyundai Elevate is a kind of vehicle with four legs, half robot half car, capable of driving but also of walking and climbing. Hyundai sees its creation in the first place as a possible life saver, for example, when a natural disaster has taken place.
With is articulated ‘legs’ the Elevate can climb 1,5 metre obstacles while the passenger cell stays completely horizontal. Hyundai speaks of the first vehicle with articulated legs with real wheels at the end, so the Elevate can also drive on the road.
In a short video at the show the manufacturer showed possible applications of the vehicle, like serving as an ambulance, a taxi for disabled people, etc. The vehicle looks also like a sort of moon shuttle (like the rover) and could be used to explore other planets.
Daniel Hall, automotive consultant at AutoPacific, finds it a very interesting project and points at the ability of climbing over very rough surfaces, also interesting for military purposes.
“For Hyundai it was important to show that it’s thinking about all kinds of innovations regarding mobility”, concludes Hall. The concept has been imagined by the manufacturer with the help of the design bureau, Sundberg-Ferar, which showed an animated scale model at the show.