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Hyundai's 'walking car' is now one step closer to reality

By T.K. Randall
May 10, 2022 · Comment icon 7 comments

Is this the future of off-roading ? Image Credit: Hyundai Motor Group
The automotive giant is working on developing a car capable of transitioning to a four-legged walking machine.
It might look like something out of a science-fiction movie, yet this futuristic contraption is in fact a real vehicle that South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is currently working on.

Originally unveiled as a concept during the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019, the walking car has been brought one step closer to reality this week thanks to New Horizon Studio - a new $20 million development center that will enable the company to work on this and other high-tech concepts.

The idea behind the car is to provide a vehicle that can drive normally along a road, but then transform into a four-legged walker to enable it to traverse extremely challenging terrain.
Such a vehicle could prove invaluable to rescue crews working in remote areas or to bring emergency assistance to people trapped in the rubble following an earthquake, for example.

Hyundai refers to them as Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs).

"NHS Bozeman is an estimated $20 million investment in Hyundai's Progress for Humanity vision, redefining transportation with accessible, sustainable and smart mobility solutions," the company said in a statement.

"The all-new facility will serve as NHS headquarters and will support prototyping, field testing and application development for UMVs."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by psyche101 7 months ago
Surely this adaption would be integrated into the next Rovers. Emergency services is a great idea I reckon.† †
Comment icon #2 Posted by Stiff 7 months ago
So this is similar to owning a Jaguar/Land Rover, except it's you that ends up walking. †
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 7 months ago
We have already seen it in the 'Return of the Jedi'.
Comment icon #4 Posted by spartan max2 7 months ago
That's exactly where my mind went too haha
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hyperionxvii 7 months ago
Can't tell you how many times I've wanted one of those when the traffic was really bad. You know, when you start saying to yourself 'I want off of here!'.
Comment icon #6 Posted by HSlim 7 months ago
Oh goodie. Hyundai. The kings of corner cutting.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Torviking 7 months ago
If you have this kind of money, just buy a Unimog.

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