Hyundai Motor will show a “walking car” concept at next week’s CES high-tech exhibition. The futuristic study is further evidence how the Las Vegas high-tech gathering is increasingly being used to promote new and innovate mobility concepts.
The Korean car group provided few details ahead of CES, but, in a teaser picture, showed a vehicle with four wheels attached to what look like flexible legs.
“The four-legged Hyundai ‘Elevate’ will redefine our perception of vehicular mobility,” Hyundai said in a press release.
The picture was attributed to Hyundai Cradle, the carmaker’s innovation unit. Cradle stands for Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences.
Together with its sister brand Kia, Hyundai separately unveiled a concept of an electric vehicle wireless charging system coupled with automated valet parking technology.
With the help of a smartphone app, an electric car can automatically drive to a charging station.
The system then relocates fully charged vehicles from charging stations to a parking spot, thereby freeing up the charger for other cars.
Hyundai said it is is considering a commercial implementation of the technology once level 4 autonomous vehicles will become available. That should be around 2025, it said.
Hyundai and Kia both plan to launch driverless models in some cities by 2021. Their goal is to start marketing fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.
-By Arjen Bongard