"This technology goes well beyond emergency situations".
The Elevate concept is based on Hyundai's new E-GMP modular electric auto platform and has the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. The legs, which can lock in any position, even fold up under the body, so on roads the Elevate can drive along on its wheels like a normal auto.
The auto is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle, meant to blend technology found in robots and electric cars, allowing it to traverse terrain that even the most capable off-road vehicles are unable to navigate.
The legs 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.
Hyundai sees this capability as useful in multiple situations, but perhaps most importantly as a first responder vehicle in situations such as forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes or floods. "They have to go the rest of the way by foot", explained John Suh, Hyundai's vice president and head of its Cradle division. However, it is worth mentioning that according to Hyundai the Elevate can walk "in mammalian and reptilian style gaits for omnidirectional motion". This allows the Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle.
Elevate can climb a five-foot (1.52-meter) wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15-foot (4.57-m) wide track width.
In addition to unveiling its latest concept auto, Hyundai also presented its future mobility road map at CES 2019. Hyundai also said in the release that this concept might be used included being able to carefully extract injured people from disaster zones or rugged terrain.
Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in.
David Byron, industrial design manager for Sundberg-Ferar, speaks about the Hyundai Elevate.
However, Hyundai says that the need to design the Elevate concept is more humanitarian. "The possibilities are limitless".