A stunning robot walking car resembling the movie ‘Transformer‘ finally revealed by the South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer Hyundai at CES, Las Vegas 2019. ‘Hyundai project Elevate’ is like a flexible robot spider designed to navigate difficult terrain by blending electric car and robotic technology.
The car has four spindly legs boast five points of motion, making it resemble a hyper-flexible spider that just happens to be missing a few limbs. The vehicle can also help the handicapped while it waits for the next avalanche – Hyundai VP John Suh describes “hailing an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in – the possibilities are limitless.”
With a modular body that can be swapped out for different uses, the Elevate comes in “taxi yellow” as well – though the promotional video doesn’t show the legs extending to roll over the top of traffic like in the movies, so chances are you’ll still be stuck in traffic. And they retract to a stealth “drive” mode, in case you don’t want to make the other vehicles feel bad about themselves.
The car is developed to be a support vehicle in the wake of natural disasters and is a result of the project known as Hyundai Elevate which is an exploration of mobility and innovation that goes beyond the range of wheels. This prototype comes from 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.
Capable of both “mammalian and reptilian walking gaits,” the Elevate can also climb over a five-foot wall, according to Hyundai