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Hyundai’s walking car concept debuts at CES 2019

Hyundai has a walking car. The “elevate” walking car concept debuted at CES 2019. Hyundai says that this ultimate mobility vehicle (or UMV) is the first to blend tech found in electric cars and robots. Hyundai sees Elevate as the future of the first responder industry. The Elevate concept is based on a modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. Wheels with robotic legs allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain. The robotic legs feature five degrees of freedom plus in-wheel propulsion. This design is uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits allowing it to move in any direction. The legs fold up into a stowed drive-mode where power to the joints is cut. An integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency, and allows Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle. Elevate can climb a five foot wall, step over a five foot gap, and walk over diverse terrain. It can also achieve a 15 foot wide track all while keeping its body and passengers completely level. Elevate is a ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV) concept by Hyundai. The vehicle is the first to blend tech found in electric cars and robots. Learn more at

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