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22:15  08 january  2019
22:15  08 january  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Hyundai used CES 2019 as the backdrop to debut its Elevate walking car concept . While it' s primarily designed to give first responders an additional edge Those legs have multiple axes of articulation, and since the electric motors that power the concept are in the wheels themselves, there are no

Hyundai at 2019 CES • Debuting at CES 2019 , “Elevate”, the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), prepares communities in the event of a natural disaster • Wheels

CES 2019: Hyundai's walking car concept is perfect for first responders© Angela Lang/CNET

The model on display at CES is just a 1:8 scale model, sadly, but it's still absolutely nuts.

Hyundai started 2019 off right by teasing a concept vehicle that could allegedly walk and climb. Now, Hyundai has brought this concept to CES 2019, and it's every bit as wild as we hoped.

Hyundai used CES 2019 as the backdrop to debut its Elevate walking car concept. While it's primarily designed to give first responders an additional edge in rescuing people, it can also be used to enhance mobility options for all sorts of citizens.

The pictures make it pretty obvious how this car gained the ability to move less like a vehicle and more like a creepy robot animal -- while it does have traditional wheels on each corner, they're connected to the vehicle by way of mechanical "legs." Those legs have multiple axes of articulation, and since the electric motors that power the concept are in the wheels themselves, there are no powertrain linkages complicating matters.

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The South Korean automaker teased the Hyundai Elevate walking car concept that it will unveil at We're mere days into 2019 , and Hyundai may easily take the cake for wildest concept car of the Honda imagines the vehicle could help first responders , search and rescue teams, or firefighters

Hyundai will bring a new concept vehicle to CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Making its debut at Hyundai ' s press conference on Jan. 7, the Hyundai Elevate concept isn't just a car -- it's a car that can, according to Hyundai , both walk and climb in addition to driving.

CES 2019: Hyundai's walking car concept is perfect for first responders© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Hyundai Elevate press conference

According to Hyundai, the Elevate is capable of driving at highway speeds, but it can also allegedly climb a 5-foot wall, step over a 5-foot gap and have a track width up to 15 feet. So, it's basically an AT-AT from Star Wars that has, as Hyundai puts it, "both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits."

"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," said David Byron, design manager of Sundberg-Ferar, which worked on the concept, in a statement. "This is the future of vehicular mobility."

The Elevate rides on an electric "skateboard" platform, onto which the body is attached. This gives the concept a little extra flexibility, with bodies that can be removed and swapped out depending on the needs of the moment. To keep things efficient, the legs can cut power to its joints when acting like a normal vehicle.

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Hyundai Elevate Concept Steps Into CES As A Car With Legs The Elevate will be one of the weirdest sights at CES. Is a vehicle that can walk still a car? Hyundai will answer this odd question at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on January 7 by unveiling the Elevate concept. Like a traditional automobile, it'll have four wheels, but the weird machine will also be able to walk on long appendages that will allow for getting around in extremely treacherous terrain. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The Elevate concept Hyundai is showing off is being pitched at emergency responders , with a classic red-and-white “ first aid” paint job that would be Of course, it wasn’t all robots that caught my eye in the early days of CES . There are a few other gadgets that are sure to generate a lot of buzz

CES 2019 : Hyundai ' s walking car concept is perfect for first responders . Please note that CNET's reporting on crowdfunding campaigns is not an endorsement of the project or its creators. Before contributing to any campaign, read the crowdfunding site's policies to find out your rights (and

Of course, first responders are the first group I think of when it comes to the Hyundai Elevate. Being able to better traverse rubble and other detritus, which could be the result of a natural disaster, could allow emergency personnel a better chance of saving as many people as possible. But there are other use cases, too -- Hyundai has an example image with a New York taxi livery, lifting itself up to make ingress easier for a person in a wheelchair. The sky's the limit, which I guess makes sense given the concept's name.

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