The Hyundai Elevate, A Car That Can Transform And Walk To Tackle Rough Terrain

January 8, 2019

This is a video released by Hyundai starring some CG animations of its conceptual Elevate, a vehicle that can transform and walk on its tires at speeds up to 3MPH to tackle rough terrain. It looks like a space rover. "That Transformer would never make the Autobots." Optimus Prime, ladies and gentelmen! "I'm sorry but it's garbage." Strong words (I suspect it may have had relations with his mom!).

Also able to climb a 5ft (1.5m) wall and jump a 5ft gap, the Hyundai Elevate could be useful for emergency rescues following natural disasters, it said.


It was part of a project exploring "beyond the range of wheels", it added.

The concept has been in development for three years and was unveiled at the CES technology fair in Las Vegas.

Dammit, Optimus Prime, it's a rescue vehicle. "So what?" So you can't talk shit on a rescue vehicle. "I just did." Well you should take it back. "I'm not going to." Come on, I'll give you an oil change! "Will you talk dirty to me while you do it?" Of course I-- wait, what?

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to atheistgirl, who agrees it's only a matter of time until some celebrity shows up to the red carpet in one of these things.

  • I dunno. Seems dope to me.

    If this is just meant for earth tho... total waste.

  • Tigerh8r

    I don't care what the manufacturer thinks, people are totally going to call this thing the, "Stink Bug". It looks just like one!

  • GeneralDisorder

    I borrowed a 2011 Hyundai Elantra and called it "Space Egg". It was such an ugly, slow, boring piece of trash I hated it.

    I didn't have it long enough to know whether it was reliable or not. I suspect probably just reliable enough that you would be able to pay it off before anything bad happened (which is true of most vehicles that aren't Chrysler products).

  • Tom327Cat

    No actuators to move the wheels, just hubless hinges and too thin structural members. At least the animated cars in "Who Framed Rodger Rabbit" were funny, this stupid cartoon wasn't even interesting.

  • Konstantin

    Yeah, you can always tell when a concept was made by artists with not a single engineer even looking at it.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    That's some good internet you did just there.

  • The_Wretched

    Pretty sad with Proof of Concept cars are preparing for the coming Apocalypse. You don't need one of these if your roads are getting repaired. #thankstrump

  • GeneralDisorder

    You kinda missed the point of the concept. And it's a concept in the form of a rendering (i.e. nobody knows how to build it yet).

    That said, I'm not sure I know the point of the rendering either. It's worse than Elon Musk's overpriced sewer pipe he calls a transportation revolution.

  • ChungLingSoo

    "Autobots: Let's roll omni-directionally!"

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