An image of The Hyundai Elevate demonstrating its mammalian walking gaits.

No More Limited Exploration with Hyundai’s Walking Car

The South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai, unveiled a design for a walking car that has a set of unique robotic legs. The company claims that this is the future of the first responder industry. Such a car could have limitless purposes in everyday life.

On January 7th, the car was promoted at the CES technology expo in Las Vegas. Named the Elevate, it is designed for the ability to navigate through natural disaster sites. With users able to drive, walk, or climb over awkward or treacherous terrain, the car will be able to lead the industry in search and rescue. Early in concept stages, there is currently no release date for it’s availability for commercial sale.

An image of Hyundai's walking car as an ambulance in the middle of a destruction site

The vehicle can climb walls, step over large gaps and move in any direction with the use of its mammalian and reptilian walking gaits. All of this is done while keeping the passengers level. The legs retract to provide a classic driving mode.

Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch just 10 feet 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,”

– David Byron, design manager at Sundberg-Ferar

An image of Hyundai's walking car in the snow

The vice president and head of Hyundai Cradle, John Suh, pointed out that current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of a debris field. However, the Elevate can drive past this and into the heart of the scene. Climbing right over the destruction, this vehicle can make its way straight to the heart of the action for civilian rescue.

With limitless possibilities, we could be looking at a new way of travel. imagine your taxi coming straight to your front door to pick you up. Kind of puts a new spin on Herbie the Love Bug.

An image of Hyundai's walking car as a taxi

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