Hyundai Launches A Walking Car To Help Rescue Lives During Natural Disasters
Project Name: Elevate
Description: ‘Elevate’ is a walking car concept concept launched by Hyundai at CES 2019. This vehicle’ main purpose is to prepare communities in the event of a natural disaster. When disasters like forest fire, earthquake, hurricane, or flood occur the first 72 following hours are crucial to safe as many lives as possible. It can turn in a risky and in some cases impossible mission for rescuers. This led Hyundai to develop the first vehicle with robotic legs. The wheels allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most dangerous and unstable terrain.
The ‘Elevate’ depends on a modular EV platform with the capacity to change out various bodies for special circumstances. The robotic leg design has five degrees of freedom in addition wheel hub propulsion motors and is empowered by the most recent in electric actuator technology. The concept is exceptionally equipped for both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, allowing it to move in any direction.
“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. 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.”, says John Suh, Vice President and Head of Hyundai CRADLE.