The public obtained its first glimpse of Hyundai’s Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) concept, the Elevate, at CES 2019. The attending crowds had been offered with scenes of catastrophe, destruction and desolation as the car-sized robotic with wheels for toes at the ends of its extendable articulated legs drove, rolled, and crab-walked its method to assist folks in want. On Wednesday, Hyundai confirmed off the outcomes of its subsequent improvement efforts with Wednesday’s reveal of of its new TIGER (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot) program concept, the X-1 — simply don’t count on it to return to the rescue of something greater than a kitten for the time being.
“Vehicles like TIGER, and the technologies underpinning it, give us an opportunity to push our imaginations,” Dr. John Suh, Head of Hyundai’s newly fashioned New Horizons Studio, mentioned in a assertion. “We are constantly looking at ways to rethink vehicle design and development and re-define the future of transportation and mobility.”
Unlike the Elevate, TIGER is Hyundai’s first UMV designed to function autonomously. As such its first duties contain both carrying cargo, tools and provides throughout difficult terrain quite than people or working as a cell scientific exploration and sensor platform in distant locales.
To attain its vacation spot, the TIGER X-1 (“eXperimental prototype-1”) can drive like a standard AWD automobile when its legs are retracted; or it will possibly lock every wheel individually, and prolong its legs to stroll, hop or crawl its method throughout the boundaries, berms and breaches in its method.
Though the Elevate was depicted as a automobile succesful of carrying full-grown people, New Horizons Studio is beginning out smaller with the TIGER. “X-1 is about the size of a carry-on luggage in dimensions,” Suh instructed reporters on a current press name. “About 50- by 30-, by maybe 18- centimeters today.”
“We’ve been focusing more on the technology capabilities to TIGER X-1, and in future versions we’re going to be working to increase the size and payload capacity,” he continued. “At the same time, we had to garner some insights from our future customers about what they need in terms of size and capability.”
Headquartered in Mountain View, California, New Horizons Studio has already begun reaching out to its Silicon Valley neighbors for help in creating the TIGER, together with Autodesk and the design agency Sundberg-Ferar. Autodesk is lending its additive manufacturing experience and is working to develop light-weight carbon fiber parts for future X-prototypes. Sundberg-Ferar, on the different hand, is dealing with the automobile’s exterior design and capabilities.
“While developing TIGER with New Horizons Studio, the team at Sundberg-Ferar was looking to create a robot that maximized the efficiency of wheeled motion with the articulation of a quadruped to expand the possibility of reaching more remote locations,” David Byron, Manager of Design and Innovation Strategy at Sundberg-Ferar, mentioned in a assertion. “TIGER is a modular platform design allowing different bodies to be attached to the chassis for unique applications such as cargo delivery or surveillance in locations not suitable for humans.”
Hyundai is already brainstorming makes use of for its “car with legs” design past catastrophe response and cargo hauling, together with autonomous taxis for wheelchair customers that may stroll proper up the individual’s entrance door, permitting them to wheel in seamlessly. Of course New Horizons nonetheless has to both invent, develop or mature a slew of TIGER’s inside techniques earlier than that may occur, together with “wheel-leg locomotion, high-performance materials, structures, and power systems; chassis and body systems, virtual development and evaluation systems, and human-centered design and systems,” per Hyundai.
“There’s a lot of technical obstacles that we need to overcome so it has the flavor of a science project,” Suh conceded. “But our great desire is to make it a product. One day, for sure.”