Hyundai plans to build convertible carsSeptember 29, 2020
The Korean automaker is setting up a new subsidiary to build “convertible cars.” According to Hyundai, these vehicles will be able to drive in places where cars do not currently drive.
Hyundai opens new “New Horizons Studio” in Silicon Valley, California, USA. There, the company will especially focus on the development and construction of vehicles that Hyundai itself calls “UMVs” (Ultimate Mobility Vehicles). Due to the special shape of the power plant, such vehicles must be able to move beyond conventional vehicles, for example, during natural disasters or simply over rough terrain, Hyundai said.
In transforming cars, the wheels are on a kind of robotic legs that can spin and turn in different directions. Thus, UMVs can march like a crab or a spider through difficult terrain.
A concrete example of such a UMV was already announced in early 2019. Hyundai then introduced the Elevate, a convertible car built on a special platform with “legs” that can be pushed in and out from the bottom. Each such leg has a wheel with its own electric motor.
Designers offer a variety of different cabins that can be combined. For example, a taxi, which, thanks to the flexibility of the power plant, can stand halfway on the stairs, allowing a person in a wheelchair to take a seat in the car. Hyundai says this is one of many examples of why UMVs will play an important role in the future of mobility.
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