Many cars boast of being able to handle robust terrain. The idea of this Hyundai walking car puts everyone to shame.
The design first emerged at CES 2019 and now resides as a 5-1 scale prototype, part motorcycle, part transformer, and a complete drool fest for robotic fitters who watched their wildest dreams come true. Elevated UMV (“Ultimate mobility vehicle”)
It is appropriate that we first see walking cars as we wait to fly cars. There is an evolutionary explanation, and while this idea could initially evoke eye rolls, it really gives certain very important implementations a strange sense. The four-wheel-drive vehicle performs normally under typical driving conditions. But when they have to enter places that ordinary vehicles can not afford, their extendable legs raise the vehicle, and their wheels are 90 ° to the feet. The jointed legs cause the car to walk forward like a mutated cow in a quadruped gait.
The project is led by John Suh, founding director of Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio. The studio takes as its goal contributing to Hyundai Motor Group’s core automotive business via far-flung imagination. The Elevate project was informed by the Transformer toys of the ’80s and is a collaboration with Autodesk Generative Design. Autodesk seeks to streamline and accelerate the process of developing design ideas using computers to generate many times more design possibilities than a human would be capable of while accounting for trade-offs of strength, weight, cost, manufacturing complexity, and sustainability.
“Generative design helps the human mind expand the range of possibilities,” says Suh. “With the help of generative design, a single designer or engineer can go through perhaps dozens or hundreds of different design iterations, so it enables them to see things that they may not have otherwise considered, and in tandem tackle complex problems. This is to say that people still have a very important role to play in shaping the design direction. There will always be a need for the human eye, the heart, and the soul as vital parts of the design process.”