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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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...it to reach the remotest of locations --- where it can act as a mobile scientific exploration platform.


"Vehicles like TIGER, and the technologies underpinning it, give us an opportunity to push our imaginations,” said Dr. John Suh, head of New Horizons Studio. "We are constantly looking at ways to rethink vehicle design and development and re-define the future of transportation and mobility."

 

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The Tiger X-1 could act as a scientific exploration platform on the Moon. Source: Hyundai


Hyundai's ambitions are equally evident in the company's video (below) for Tiger X-1, which shows the vehicle on the surface of the Moon and other remote locations.


In order to make this type of exploration as efficient as possible, the Tiger weighs 12 kg (26 pounds) and measures approximately 79 cm (31 inches) long and 41 cm (16 inches) wide when folded up, making it roughly the size of a carry-on suitcase.


3D-printed vehicle parts


The vehicle concept was developed by Hyundai Motor Group's New Horizons Studio headquartered in Mountain View, California, as part of a partnership with engineering software company Autodesk and industrial design consultants Sundberg-Ferar.


Drawing from Autodesk's expertise in generative design, the X-1's chassis, leg segments, and even its wheels and nonpneumatic tires are all 3D printed using carbon fiber composite.

 

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Most of the Tiger X-1's parts are made using additive manufacturing. Source: Hyundai


Though Tiger X-1 is designed to travel through terrain "not suitable for humans," Hyundai New Horizons is open to adapting its idea for the road, CNET reports --- one use case would see a taxi version of the vehicle using its legs to make transport more accessible to wheelchair users.


All of this depends, of course, on whether Hyundai's four-legged walking vehicle --- one of the most futuristic and ambitious concepts we've seen --- does ever make it to production.

 

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