Hyundai has started production of new 4×4 vehicles with robotic legs

Remember that Hyundai 4×4 concept with robotic legs?

The South Korean auto giant intends to make this a reality and has announced a development and testing facility in Montana for this purpose.

Hyundai has a planned investment target of $20 million over the next five years for its New Horizons studio, which will employ 50 people.

It will be located in Montana State University’s innovation campus in Bozeman, Montana will be “a unit focused on the development of ultimate mobility vehicles,” Hyundai said in a press release.

The new from Hyundai Ultimate Mobility Vehicles facility

Occupants of the approximately 15,000 square foot Montana facility will begin by building Hyundai’s TIGER autonomous vehicle and Elevate crewed UMV, Hyundai said.

“Montana is rapidly becoming a hub for high-tech companies and entrepreneurs with a growing talent pool of skilled labor in engineering, research and natural sciences,” said the Dr. John Suh, Director of New Horizons Studio and Vice President of Hyundai. Engine group.

“Bozeman is a thriving and economical micropolitan city. Nestled near dozens of off-road trails with over 150 miles of terrain and mountain access for UMV testing, it’s the perfect fit for our new R&D lab. “, he continued.

Hyundai’s Elevate and TIGER concepts will become reality

Hyundai first unveiled the Elevate concept in 2019, showcasing an all-terrain vehicle that would be virtually unstoppable because it could roll on its wheels and walk over rough terrain.

The concept vehicle – shown in the video above – has four electrically driven wheels, each mounted on a robotic leg with multiple joints, allowing them to bend and rotate at different points. The design allows the vehicle to lift over obstacles and also roll down ledges.

The TIGER concept, revealed last year, is a small four-legged autonomous car designed for remote operation with potential applications in space exploration, mining, logistics and construction. Hyundai will first work to make the TIGER concept a reality before moving on to the crewed two-seater Elevate. The company said the Elevate will be built to handle “challenging driving situations and [it could] potentially saving lives as a first responder in natural disasters.” If all goes according to plan, Elevate’s first unveiling could be the most viral vehicle launch since Tesla’s Cybertruck.

Irene B. Bowles