Back at CES 2019, Hyundai unveiled its ‘Ultimate Mobility Vehicle’ concept called the Elevate. Now it’s back with a sequel, but as the Elevate dragged people to faraway places, the new Tiger X-1
While the Elevate is a large walker with room for four passengers, the Tiger-X1 is decidedly smaller. According to Hyundai, this is the size of hand luggage. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in mobility and versatility. The Tiger X-1 can be attached to a companion drone and fly to a remote location to get a close launch point to begin its journey. And the Tiger-X1 can take charge (or charge) for that drone for longer battery life.
Unlike the Elevate, the Tiger-X1 does not require a pilot and functions more like a drone, albeit on land. Once it is turned off, it can be moved in a variety of ways. By default it retracts its legs and drives around like a small car. But if it encounters an obstacle that another vehicle cannot handle, it will stretch its legs.
He can walk, jump, climb, or even roll past any obstacle he comes across with his legs extended. That includes climbing rocks, getting around fallen trees, and more. The Tiger-X1 will of course not drag people to remote locations, but it will drag sensors, equipment and other material. The symmetrical design means it can move forward, backward, sideways or rotate with ease.
Until now, the Tiger X-1 has been a concept (the X-1 stands for eXperimental prototype 1), but Hyundai is already working with others to make it happen. Ultimately, the company hopes to make it a completely modular design that can be customized for any trip. But it will be a while before we see an “Ultimate Mobility Vehicle” on the street.