Hyundai Develops Walking Car, The Future is Strange

Image: Hyundai

Is it a car if it can walk?

Hyundai is working on a concept called Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs), a sort of walking car/vehicle/contraption that can go where traditional vehicles cannot.

The company has formed a group called the New Horizons Studio to work on the UMVs, including a concept called the Hyundai Elevate.

These vehicles look like walking pods, with wheels at the end of each of four “legs.” The idea is that they could be used to traverse extremely difficult terrain or assist disabled people with mobility. Imagine a scenario where these vehicles help first responders rescue hikers stranded in a canyon/crevasse, or maybe these things can assist firefighting crews as they battle wildfires.

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They look a bit like larger, vehicular versions of the frightening robotic dogs from Boston Dynamics. But the robo dogs are still way more terrifying.

For now, these vehicles, which have a bit of Transformers in them, are a concept, but they could be useful in the real world.

Whether it is called a car or not.

[Images: Hyundai]

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