Hyundai’s new robot can walk over obstacles

Tiger is unmanned, and can explore everything from natural disasters to alien planets. If the terrain is difficult, Hyundai’s robot can go on wheels.

Hyundai recently introduced the DAL-e robot, which will assist customers in the company’s showrooms – and now the company is showing Tiger. It is a machine that would feel natural in the company of the robots from Boston Dynamics, a company that was recently acquired by Hyundai.

The company describes its new robot as a vehicle for optimal mobility, and it is actually Hyundai’s second vehicle in the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) category, although with the big difference that its predecessor “Elevate” took passengers. Although the first is unmanned.

The robot is based on a modular platform, and it has been developed by New Horizons Studio, the division for new cars that Hyundai launched last year, with headquarters in California. The first version, called X1, is developed in Silicon Valley, in collaboration with designer Sundberg-Ferar and Autodesk, which, among other things, has extensive knowledge in additive manufacturing.

The name Tiger stands for “Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot” – and as the name suggests, it should explore its surroundings. The environment can trade everything from a place that has been hit by a natural disaster to an alien planet or moon.

Photo: Hyundai

The journey of discovery is made rolling on the wheels in a lowered position, alternatively on outstretched legs. In the latter position, the robot can still roll on the wheels, but if the ground becomes too uneven, it has the opportunity to lift its “feet” and walk over obstacles. This makes Tiger superior to all types of conventional off-road vehicles. The same function could be seen in Elevate.

The legs are together with some chassis components made of 3D-printed carbon fiber. Via a series of sensors, people can follow the journey of discovery from a distance, and it is thought that Tiger will also carry a drone that it can charge and then send out to map more inaccessible parts of the neighborhood.

In addition, the robot has an internal space that allows it to act as a delivery vehicle, for example to transport rescue equipment in an emergency. Thanks to the legs, Tiger can adjust its angle to the ground so that the slope is minimized – should the load require this.


Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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