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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hyundai unveiled their newest concept about the legged car

The development of motorized vehicle technology continues to evolve. In fact, one day the flying car might be realized. The self-driving technology is already in sight and is increasingly ready to jump into the real world. Everything created on the basis of facilitating and make human activities more easily.
Hyundai Elevate Concept is a futuristic go-anywhere vehicle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2H6tJo3)
Well, there is an interesting innovation unveiled by Hyundai at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2019 exhibition in Las Vegas, United States some time ago. Yes, at those technology exhibition Hyundai unveiled an idea of legged car technology.

It might sound like a fantasy that came true. And maybe what is imagined in our minds at a glance is a figure like a car changing form into a robot like in the Transformers movies. Indeed, the approach is similar but makes more sense. These newest concept car called Hyundai Elevate, which is the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) and is described as a future concept car with the robotic legs mounted into its wheels. 


Part car, part robot, the Elevate was developed to tackle the most difficult surfaces on Earth and reach remote areas quicker than conventional vehicles created for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid missions. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2H6tJo3)
Not only can change shape into a robot and walk, but its legs appear from behind the wheels. Yes, Hyundai will be developed the first car that has legs so that allows it to run. Basically it was designed to be a rescue car in the some of disaster event.

Its form are half of the car and the robot, so it was possible to reach any difficult surfaces that ordinary cars cannot pass through. It is suitable to be operated as the SAR (Search and Rescue) vehicles in humanitarian aid missions. For example, looking for the victims in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Not only can be walking and can even climb. So that its abilities can not limited by terrain or road conditions.
On Hyundai Elevate Concept Wheels attached to robotic legs turn it into a walking car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2H6tJo3)
"When earthquakes and tsunamis hit, rescue vehicles can only deliver to the boundaries of the disaster area. They must continue the journey on foot. And the Elevate is able to drive to a location pass any obstacles even to climbed," said John Suh, Hyundai vice president and head of Hyundai CRADLE, in one of the company official statements.

Not only helping disaster victims, Hyundai Elevate is also designed to help people with disabilities. Like wheelchair users who don't have access to enter or leave the house. Elevate easily climbs the stairs up to the front door.

Hyundai sees a future in which a disabled person could summon the Elevate to walk up to a house’s front door, automatically level itself, and allow the person in the wheelchair to simply roll right in. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2H6tJo3)
Hyundai Elevate is based on a modular electric car (EV) platform, with the ability to change bodies in certain situations. The construction of the robot's legs has a free angle in all directions, plus hubs and electric actuators. The movements are unique, because they resemble the way of mammals and reptiles moves. Flexibility of hinge angles, allowing movement in various directions easily.

Uniquely, the body remains awake parallel to the ground without experiencing tilt changes. When not needed, the legs fold neatly and the Elevate changed like an ordinary car. Therein lies the greatness of this concept. In fact, even beating off-road cars that are still limited in range.

Hyundai said, it took 3 years to design this interesting concept. And in the process, the South Korean manufacturer collaborated with Sundberg-Ferar to make the idea into reality. The results worth to be waiting and hopefully it can be produced, so that later it can save many lives in an emergency situation.
Sometimes dreaming up something absolutely outlandish and stepping back that design into reality is the best way to innovate. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | INTERESTING ENGINEERING]
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