Asian motor giant, Hyundai unveiled the concept Elevate, an insect-like vehicle which has the ability to walk and also move like a regular car. It has legs which can allow the vehicle access rough terrains where conventional cars cannot go. It achieves this by 'trekking' or climbing as if to make a leap over obstacles or difficult topography such as river beds, broken concrete, mountain heights and even stairs.
The concept was revealed at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2019. It has a modular design which means the cabin is situated on top of the chassis or walking wheels and the same cabin can be swapped out for different uses.
This means that an ambulance cabin can be swapped out and replaced with a taxi cabin or a military cabin, whichever the case may be.
The vehicle has four wheels and electric motors to power them. The legs can be lowered to fit under the vehicle chassis and can propel the vehicle to highway speeds. “Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch 10 feet off the highway being able to walk or climb back to the road,” says David Byron, design manager at Sundberg-Ferar, the Detroit-based design studio that worked with Hyundai to develop the concept.