Hyundai Has New Concept Vehicle That Could Someday Walk on Mars

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 - 1:38PM
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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 - 1:38PM
Hyundai Has New Concept Vehicle That Could Someday Walk on Mars
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The Consumer Electronics Show has a reputation for being one of the largest showcases of new and never-to-be-seen-again tech in the world. A lot of the products announced are outrageous inventions that are meant as proof of concept objects, but there is one crazy reveal from Hyundai that will hopefully make it to market someday because it would be a game changer for the car industry.

Called the Elevate, Hyundai's walking concept vehicle features the chassis of a normal car sitting atop four jointed legs that can fold down when the machine is in driving mode. According to The Verge, the Elevate was designed as a vehicle for first responders who operate on difficult terrain, like mountains and forests. The South Korean manufacturer says that the concept 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 while keeping its body and passengers completely level." After mastering the rocky obstacles of Earth, the next challenge for the vehicle, according to its makers, could be beyond our atmosphere. The terrain on planets like Mars is not easy to roll over, but a quadruped car that walks like an amphibian could make easy work of craters and tall boulders. There was no full-scale model on display at CES 2019, but attendees were able to check out impressive concept art, simulation videos, and demonstrations involving an 1/8th scale prototype of the walking, climbing rescue car.

"Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch just 10 feet off the highway being able to walk or climb over the treacherous terrain, back to the road potentially saving its injured passengers – this is the future of vehicular mobility," said Sundberg Ferar design manager, David Byron, in a press release


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