When most people think of land vehicles, a general idea comes to mind: moving boxes, typically with four wheels. But the folks at Hyundai think that basic blueprint could use a major update — think, instead, moving boxes that can both roll down highways on four wheels and walk across land on four legs.
Hyundai announced Monday the formation of its New Horizons Studio, which will focus on developing what the company calls “ultimate mobility vehicles,” or UMVs. The UMVs will “push the extreme limits of vehicle development,” and will “traverse off-road terrains with unprecedented mobility, through a combination of robotics and wheeled locomotion technology,” Hyundai said.
The design studio’s details are vague for now, but Hyundai did say the studio will begin by developing the Elevate, which debuted in concept form at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019.