Hyundai has unveiled a new concept for an Uncrewed Utility Vehicle that can operate as a four-wheel-drive miniature car or a four-legged walking robot.
The vehicle's name, TIGER, stands for Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot. It's the second of its kind developed by Hyundai's New Horizon Studio, and the first one that's meant to operate completely unmanned.
When the robotic legs are retracted, the vehicle drives like a regular car. When TIGER encounters rugged terrain, though, it can use its robotic limbs to extend the wheels, lock them and walk over an obstacle, climb a steep slope or roll around debris. The idea is to turn TIGER into a vehicle that first responders could deploy in disaster zones, or that scientists can use to conduct their research in unreachable areas (or in space).
Hyundai has started exploring TIGER's basic idea with ELEVATE, the company's first UMV introduced at CES 2019. The new vehicle further elaborates the concept by making the vehicle fully autonomous and defining a more specific use case as an all-terrain rover.