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Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:36

On The Lighter Side: Hyundai Unveils Autonomous Four-Legged Walking Car

Written by Chris Young, Interesting Engineering

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...a four-legged walking car, allowing it to traverse uneven terrain that would be inaccessible to a normal vehicle.


Unlike Elevate, the Tiger is an uncrewed, autonomous vehicle designed to carry payloads, such as emergency aid packages, over harshest terrains without human intervention.

 

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The Tiger X-1's leg-wheel articulation keeps the vehicle's payload level. Source: Hyundai


Including Tiger's wheel motors, there are a total of 28 motors and 28 position sensors between the X-1's four legs.


As a Hyundai press release explains, "leg-wheel articulation enables TIGER to tackle a range of extreme situations while keeping payloads more level than a typical ground vehicle."

 

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28 position sensors are included in Tiger X-1's legs for precise placement. Source: Hyundai

 

This means that when the vehicle is traveling over even terrain it uses its wheels in the typical fashion; however, if the terrain becomes uneven, or an obstacle gets in the way, the vehicle's legs extend allowing it to perform a combination of walking and driving, as the wheels are still the vehicle's point of contact with the ground.


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To round off Hyundai's impressive futuristic vision, Tiger X-1 is transportable by UAV, which allows...


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