Hyundai, which recently acquired a controlling stake in robot maker Boston Dynamics, has floated new copy From the concept of the four-legged car that it unveiled for the first time in 2019.
Hyundai is calling it TIGER, and it is the second four-legged car to come out of the carmaker’s Ultimate Mobility Vehicles studio in Silicon Valley.
The first four-legged car was designed to be fully self-driving, with no space for drivers or passengers.
Hyundai believes the four-legged car has the potential to make the world a better place, and vehicles are specifically designed to reach remote locations for missions related to scientific exploration, or to deliver food or medical supplies during a natural disaster or other emergency.
The TIGER vehicle has four legs, each with a series of joints, allowing the vehicle to simulate the gait of mammals and reptiles.
Based on the modular platform structure, its features include an advanced leg and wheel movement system, 360-degree directional control, and an array of sensors for remote monitoring.
The vehicle is also intended to communicate with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which can fully charge and deliver the TIGER to inaccessible locations.
Hyundai believes the technology that supports this vehicle could make it ready for an interplanetary mission, and the four-legged vehicle can cross uneven terrain, climb a wall, and jump over a pit while keeping the main cabin and cargo level.
And when not in the field, the legs are stored underneath and the four wheels are used to move, and it can be driven like a regular off-road vehicle.
But TIGER is just a proof of concept, and there’s no guarantee Hyundai will put it into production.
The South Korean automaker expects this new class of vehicles to grow rapidly over the coming years, and is also working on the concept of an unmanned ultimate mobility vehicle. UMV for other use cases.
The first four-legged concept, called the Elevate, is designed to carry passengers, while the TIGER is supposed to be completely uninhabited, with neither driver nor passengers.
Although these vehicles may share some characteristics with the Spot robot from Boston Dynamics, neither concept was designed with any input from the newly acquired robotics company Hyundai.