2019 Hyundai Elevate Concept
I thought I had sen it all, but then Hyundai revealed the Elevate Concept, an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), at this year’s CES. It is a car. Actually, a vehicle that can drive and that can walk. Yup, you’ve read that right. The Hyundai Elevate Concept is one of the latest projects that has developed in the minds of Hyundai designers heads from the Hyundai Cradle Center for Robotic-Augmented Design. These people are obviously buried into sci-fi, or, at least, into things that Boston Dynamics does with its robots. Hyundai Cradle created a vehicle that looks a bit like that Boston Dynamic cyberdog, or the Star Wars AT-AT walker. But the Hyundai Elevate Concept isn’t supposed to go to war (well, it is a bit). In fact, it is an out-of-the-box design exercise that shows the possibilities for an all-terrain vehicle that weren’t explored before.
And, with this, I do not imply comparing it with the machines that can conquer Moab. The Elevate Concept is a vehicle designed to help the unfortunate in search-and-rescue missions, on humanitarian missions, or to walk over terrain no vehicle has ever managed to traverse. Its go-anywhere capability is unmatched even by the most extreme offroad machines you can think of. All because of the robotic legs with tires linked on far ends. Actually, as I visually inspect the Elevate Concept, I am rather sure that a similar sketch exists somewhere in a NASA office in a drawer where all the rejected designs for Mars rovers reside. I get that vibe from this. It’s like Hyundai designers looked to create a vehicle for the Earth from the perspective of some “alien NASA” designers. I actually like it a lot.
The Hyundai Cradle, a Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences, that actually envisioned the vehicle, managed to craft something that goes well beyond what a standard car, or a truck, can do. The Hyundai Elevate Concept can walk, climb, and traverse almost every kind of terrain.
The third Veloster by REMIX to be displayed at the 2011 SEMA Show is for those who do not like Gaming or Music, but just appreciate having the latest technology in their car. The Veloster Tech features a BASF Alpine White paint job combined with Custom Alpine White & Gloss Black headlights, a gloss black exterior trim and exhaust, smoked taillights and reflectors, an Alpine White rear diffuser, and LED puddle lights. The exterior is finished off with a new set of 19-inch TSW rotary forged RF9 wheels, also in white.
The interior of the Veloster Tech continues with the white theme from the exterior with white Vinyl & Suede seats, dash, and door panels, white LED Lighting, a white suede headliner, white floor mats, and Alpine White painted trim pieces.
As for the technological additions, REMIX has added a long list of accessories that would fit well in someone’s home, but the company has strategically placed them into the Veloster to turn it into a rolling media frenzy. It starts off with a Mac Mini with LED illuminated On/Off switch, an RFID reader, and Samsung Galaxy 7-inch tablets, controlled by a wireless keyboard & mouse connected to their custom ports. Owners can make calls off of their included LG 3D thrill phone or sit back and catch their favorite show on the 40-inch Samsung LED 3D TV with Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player & eight pairs of 3D glasses. Don;t have your favorite movie? Record your own with your new Panasonic 3D camcorder. All of these accessories can be controlled by the new Universal Remote MX-6000.
With a setup like this, living in your car may not be so bad.
Seeing as this is effectively their hometown auto show, Hyundai was out in full force at the Seoul Motor Show with a host of new offerings. One concept that the Korean automaker brought was the Blue2 Sedan Concept, a car that the Korean automaker is pegging as the next generation FCEV sedan.
The car bears the codename HND-6 and is being touted as Hyundai’s very first Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle that’s powered by hydrogen and is capable of delivering 90kW – around 120 horsepower – and estimated fuel economy figures reaching an impressive 82 miles per gallon.
Aesthetically speaking, the Blue2 Sedan Concept has an exterior whose design language is being described as ‘Intersected Flow’ with other external features complementing the contoured form of the car, including the LCD screen panels on both the front and back, side cameras in place of the standard side mirrors, a roof camera, and automatic opening doors.
Inside, the Blue2 Concept features an asymmetrical dashboard, wider seats to make room for a spacious interior cabin, and a couple of out-of-this-world features, including what the company is describing as a Transparent Organic Light Emitting Diode (TOLED) monitor that has been officially christened the Gorilla Glass. This monitor appears more accurate and vivid compared to standard LED screens. Another unique feature is the Motion Sensor Moustick, a haptic wheel and motion sensor that respond to the driver’s touch and hand movements, giving drivers a new experience.