Watch: Hyundai reveal prototype for robotic search and rescue vehicle

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Hyundai are developing a robotic car to tackle tricky terrains.

The Elevate concept blends technology used by electric cars and robots to produce the first ever vehicle with movable legs.

With the ability to replicate both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits, it can move in any direction as well as climb a five-foot wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over diverse terrain, and achieve a 15-foot wide track width - all while keeping its body and passengers level.

When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. 

“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete,” said John Suh, Hyundai vice president and head of Hyundai CRADLE.

“This technology goes well beyond emergency situations - people living with disabilities worldwide that don’t have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in – the possibilities are limitless.”

Check out a video of the prototype at the top of the article. 

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