Hyundai Unveils Walking Car

Hyundai Unveils Walking Car
The Elevate vehicle can walk, climb, and jump over rough terrain.

(CCM) — Hyundai has revealed at CES in Las Vegas that it is working on a car which can walk over rough terrain using robotic legs.

The Hyundai Elevate can amble along at up to 3 mph, climb over a five foot high wall, and even jump a five foot gap. The company showed off a small model of the vehicle, which has been under development for the last three years, at the show, the BBC is reporting.

The Elevate could find a role assisting emergency rescue workers get to the scene of disasters, John Suh, a Hyundai vice-president, explained to the BBC. "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."

He added that the vehicle could also be used to walk up steps to a building's entrance to collect wheelchair users.

There is no indication yet that Hyundai plans to put the Elevate vehicle into production, and Prof. David Bailey, an expert from the Aston Business School, expressed doubts that it will ever see the light of day. "There may well be applications in terms of emergency services - but there are very big technological challenges to make this sort of thing," he told the BBC.

Image: © Hyundai.