Welcome to Project Elevate — an exploration of mobility and innovation that goes beyond the range of wheels.Wheels with robotic legs allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain.The four-legged Hyundai ‘Elevate’ will redefine our perception of vehicular mobility.
This prototype comes from our Hyundai CRADLE, a hub for corporate venturing and innovation business, which takes on the responsibility for securing Hyundai’s vision of a cleaner, more integrated answer to transportation.
The Elevate concept is based ona modular EV platform with the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. The robotic leg architecture has five degrees of freedom plus wheel hub propulsion motorsand is enabled by the latest in electric actuator technology.
This design is uniquely capable of both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, allowing it to move in any direction. The legs also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where power to the joints is cut, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency.
This allows Elevate to drive at highway speeds just like any other vehicle. But no other can climb a fivefoot wall, step over a fivefoot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15 foot wide track width, all while keeping its body and passengers completely level.
The Wheel Network Hyundai Cradle Walking Car Concept:
Further, the combination of wheeled motion with articulating legs provides a new paradigm of mobility by enabling faster walking speeds, unique dynamic driving postures and torsional control at the end of each leg.