These days, the so-called “flying cars” may be all the news may be all we hear, howbeit Hyundai has formed a new team in Silicon Valley to build a production version of the future-oriented Elevate walking vehicle concept that was unveiled at CES in 2019.
The vehicle is equipped with robotic legs with wheels instead of feet that allow it to drive like a car and also raise the body off the ground in a walking motion to cross rough terrain.
In a statement by the vice president, Dr. John Suh, who is the director of the New Horizons Studio, he said “We aim to create the world’s first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle,”
Hyundai thinks there is a wide variety of use cases for such a vehicle, including emergency first response in hard to reach areas and providing wheelchair access to buildings without ramp-equipped entrances.
Hyundai did not say when it expects to have a working prototype or production vehicle ready.
Of course, like many automakers, Hyundai’s feet may be on the ground but it is reaching for the sky. At the 2020 edition of CES, it announced a project to develop an air taxi in partnership with Uber called the S-A1.