Tue, Jan 8, 2019 8:29 PM
As the world’s motor industry demonstrates it’s very latest tech at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, there is one vehicle from Hyundai which is the talk of the town.
Looking like something which has walked off the set of War of the Worlds, the Hyundai Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) is a futuristic concept vehicle which comes with wheels attached to robotic legs which makes it one of the ultimate all-terrain modes of transport.
Hyundai have developed the concept to reach remote areas much quicker than conventional vehicles, with the intention of making the vehicle available in search and rescue missions. However, the Korean company are also keen to see the UMV used as a viable solution for disabled people in areas without ramps.
The UMV’s legs can mimic the walks of both mammals and reptiles, giving it the ability to move in any direction, with the flexibility to climb a five-foot wall and step over a five-foot gap. The UMV can also be used as a regular EV, able to cruise on major roads.
“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete,” said John Suh, Hyundai vice president and head of Hyundai CRADLE. “This technology goes well beyond emergency situations - people living with disabilities worldwide that don’t have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in – the possibilities are limitless.”