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

The desin is modular so siffent cabins could be mounted on the chassis

In addition to unveiling its latest concept auto, Hyundai also presented its future mobility road map at CES 2019.

Hyundai said at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that the "Elevate" concept vehicle was designed with first responders in mind, to allow them to navigate tricky terrain after an accident or natural disaster.

The concept vehicle, which can apparently climb a five-foot wall and step over a five-foot gap while keeping its body and passengers completely level, is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations.

The legs of the Elevate also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where power to the joints is cut, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency, so the Elevate can drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.

Hyundai has unveiled Elevate, a concept vehicle blending electric auto technology and multi-terrain robotics. Reaching the disaster struck faster means saving a lot of lives.

This, as the automaker points out, makes the concept well suited to first responders in emergency situations.

Each wheel is powered by an electric motor, and they can be braked to work as feet as the vehicle walks either like a reptile or mammal, depending on the situation. This allows the Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", said John Suh, vice president and head of Hyundai's Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences (CRADLE).

It can climb a 5ft wall, step over a 5ft gap and achieve a 15ft-wide track width - all while keeping its body and the passengers inside it completely level.

"Imagine a auto stranded in a snow ditch just 3 metres off the highway being able to walk or climb over the treacherous terrain, back to the road potentially saving its injured passengers - this is the future of vehicular mobility".

The company believes that the technology could be used in non-emergency situations as well, particularly helping those with disabilities. This gives the Elevate omni-directional mobility capabilities and Hyundai claims that it can tackle all terrains seamlessly while adapting to varied degrees of difficulty on the fly.

Hyundai built Elevate in partnership with Sundberg-Ferar, a Detroit-based design studio.

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