Walking auto that could save lives - CBBC Newsround

Roman Schwartz
January 10, 2019

The concept combines the power of an electric vehicle and the capability of robotics to rethink where cars can travel.

However, South Korea's Hyundai Motor has pushed the boundaries of this definition with its "walking car" concept Elevate, which was unveiled on the sidelines of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday.

"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, Sundberg-Ferar.

Reaching emergencies in time to save lives isn't always a matter of sheer power - sometimes tough terrain means that even the most capable wheeled vehicles simply can't get through.

Since the Communication Lighting system focuses on using intelligent lighting technology, Hyundai MOBIS says the technology could be rolled out in a relatively quick and cost effective manner. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hyundai on Monday unveiled its concept for a auto with wheeled robotic legs that can drive, walk and even climb.The Korean carmaker calls its "Elevate" concept the first vehicle with moveable legs and says it could go places conventional off-road vehicles can't.

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In a disaster, such an quake or tsunami, first responders are only able to get to the edge of the debris field using conventional cars and trucks, with the rest of journey completed on foot. Elevate is designed with four mechanical legs with wheels for feet and can roll along on extended legs or retract them to be driven like a vehicle. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", says John Suh, Hyundai VP and head of the carmaker's Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences (CRADLE).

The company believes that the technology could be used in non-emergency situations as well, particularly helping those with disabilities.

"We have been working with Sundberg-Ferar on the Elevate Concept for nearly three years now", added Suh.

And Hyundai has released concept footage of how the auto would achieve this. The automaker's vision revolves around three areas: open innovation, personalized electric vehicles and global leadership in connected cars.

The Elevate was created using a combination of Hyundai's latest EV technology with the power of robotics.

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