Hyundai in collaboration with Sundberg-Ferrer, an industrial design consultancy has unveiled an astonishing concept car which they call it as the Elevate at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. It seems more like a creature with four wheels than a car with wheeled legs.
Hyundai says that the Elevate can travel on the highway just like any other vehicle, can climb a five-foot wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15-foot wide track width, all of this at the same time while keeping its body and passengers completely level. Quite considerate and comfy for the passengers.
At the conference, Vice President and Head of Hyundai CRADLE, John Suh said, “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. 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, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in. The possibilities are limitless.”
Hyundai surely does not shy away from innovating technology but a less scary looking vehicle would probably be the best option to not scare away the injured or stranded passengers. For now, it’s still being developed and there will be many design changes before the creature on wheels crawls on the road.
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