Hyundai unveils TIGER, a four-legged car that can walk where it can’t drive

Hyundai has unveiled the TIGER (Transformative Intelligent Ground Touring Robot), the company’s second-most mobile vehicle (UMV) and the first that can be completely dismantled. TIGER’s exceptional capabilities are designed to act as a mobile research platform in extreme and remote locations. It is based on the platform’s modular architecture and includes an advanced foot and wheel mobility system, 360-degree directional control and an array of sensors for remote monitoring. It is also designed to be connected to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which can fully load the TIGER and take it to hard-to-reach places.

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The second iteration of the project is TIGER, which pursues the idea of creating an intelligent and transformable land robot capable of carrying various loads while navigating difficult terrain.

with its legs retracted, the TIGER drives like a four-wheel-drive vehicle and is more efficient because it rides on a rolling traction system. however, when the vehicle gets stuck or has to travel over difficult or wheel-impassable terrain, it uses its walking ability to avoid getting stuck or to move more easily over the terrain. the difference between the elevator and the TIGER is that the former can carry passengers, while the latter is unmanned.

Cars like the TIGER and the technology behind them give us the opportunity to expand our imaginations,” says Dr. John Soo, director of New Horizons Studios. We are constantly looking for ways to reshape vehicle design and development and reinvent the future of transportation and mobility.

TIGER is being developed by Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio, which was established in late 2020 to develop UMV engines by leveraging the research and innovation leadership of Silicon Valley and other innovation centers.

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