Hyundai’s ‘walking car’ is one step closer to reality

(ORDO NEWS) — The automotive giant is working on a car capable of transforming into a four-legged walking machine.

It may look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this futuristic device is actually a real car that South Korean automaker Hyundai is currently working on.

Initially unveiled as a concept at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, the walking car is one step closer to reality this week thanks to the New Horizon Studio, a new $20 million development center that will allow the company to work on this and other high-tech concepts.

The idea behind the car is to create a vehicle that can drive normally on the road, but then transform into a four-legged walker, allowing it to traverse extremely difficult terrain.

Such a vehicle could be invaluable for rescue teams working in remote areas, or, for example, to provide emergency assistance to people trapped in the rubble after an earthquake.

Hyundai calls these vehicles Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs).

“NHS Bozeman is a $20 million investment in Hyundai’s Progress for Humanity vision, which reimagines transportation with affordable, sustainable and intelligent mobility solutions,” the company said in a statement.

“The all-new facility will serve as the headquarters of the NHS and support prototyping, field testing and application development for the UMV.”

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