Hyundai wants to sell a crazy autonomous pleasure car
The Tiger X-1 compact walking electric car is designed for autonomous operation in extreme conditions, including on the moon.
Remember the crazy concept of the Hyundai Elevate pleasure car from CES 2019? The Korean automaker is back with a walking car remix: the Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot Experiment, or Tiger X-1 for short. No, this was not an isolated case, Hyundai is seriously developing this type of car with legs for possible production.
Hyundai expects robotics to play a huge role in the mobility of the future, believing that most of its future revenues will come from robotics such as wearable exoskeletons, drones and walking cars. In December, the automaker invested money in its business, buying a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics for $ 1.1 billion – the company best known for its walking and dancing robots.
Tiger, like the previous Elevate concept, predates the Boston Dynamics acquisition and was developed by Hyundai Motor Group New Horizons Studio, headquartered in Mountain View, California, in partnership with software company Autodesk and industrial design consultants. Sundberg-Ferar.
A working concept, unveiled on Tuesday, could go from electric all-wheel drive to four-legged walking, allowing it to tackle bumps and otherwise difficult terrain. Each of its legs has six points of articulation between the wheel and the chassis, whose omnidirectional design can rotate and move with equal ease in either direction forward, backward or sideways. Including the wheel motors, a total of 28 motors and 28 position sensors are located between the four X-1 bearings.
On relatively smooth terrain, the legs fold in and the Tiger rolls like any other car, albeit with much more control at every corner than any conventional suspension car. However, when the road becomes rough or when the road is left behind at all, the legs can extend, lift and rotate over obstacles, allowing the Tiger to overcome obstacles (or perform an odd rolling combination) while maintaining an even body which could be important for the X-1 payload …
Vehicles like the Tiger and the technology behind them give us the opportunity to develop our imaginations,” said Dr. John Sukh, head of studio New Horizons. We’re constantly looking for ways to rethink the design and development of vehicles and redefine the future of transportation and mobility.
Hyundai Tiger X-1 walking car rushes to the moon
While the Elevate was designed to be the size of a palisade to accommodate the passenger compartment, the Tiger X-1 is a smaller modular autonomous platform that can handle a wide variety of tasks such as unmanned scientific research in extreme conditions, payload delivery. for remote and hard-to-reach locations; or for various emergency services such as delivering medicines or equipment to a disaster site. Hyundai even imagines X-1 missions extend to aliens, visualizing Tiger exploring the moon or other planets during its debut video.
The entire prototype is about the size of a carry-on suitcase – approximately 31 inches long and 16 inches wide when folded. The small size means the 26-pound Tiger X-1 can potentially be deployed, reloaded and then taken out of its mission using an autonomous quadcopter, although this piece of the puzzle is arguably the most conceptual part of Hyundai’s vision.
The chassis, leg segments, and even the X-1’s wheels and non-pneumatic tires are created by additive manufacturing or 3D printing for us laymen – thanks to Autodesk’s generative design expertise to create lightweight and durable components. (Other examples of generative design in other industries include Porsche 3D-printed pistons and Bugatti-printed titanium brake calipers.)