Any first responder will tell you that the first 72 hours following a natural disaster are the most crucial to saving lives. However, often times due to the nature of the disaster (forest fire, earthquake, hurricane, or flood), it can be difficult for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid missions to reach and get immediate help to those in need.
The need for efficient, rapid, resilient transportation for disaster assistance is what led Hyundai to develop the first-ever vehicle with moveable legs.
Elevate is the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), blending technology found in electric cars and robots, which allows it to traverse terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicle.
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“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,” said John Suh, vice president and head of Hyundai CRADLE.
“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, the level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in. The possibilities are limitless.”
Inside the Elevate, passengers would experience a vehicle fully engineered to tackle the roughest terrain comfortably.
Engineering enhancements include:
• Robotic legs with five degrees of freedom plus in-wheel propulsion
• Ability to walk in mammalian and reptilian style gaits for omnidirectional motion
• Capable of climbing a five-foot vertical wall
• Step over a five-foot gap
• Non-back drivable motors enable the legs to lock in any position
• Modular electric vehicle platform