Sometimes, no matter how good an off-road vehicle is, there are places it just can’t drive. That’s why Hyundai engineers are working on a vehicle that can traverse even the most difficult terrain.
The Hyundai Tiger X-1 has four wheels, each powered by an electric motor. Each of those wheels is on the end of a long, bendable leg. The autonomous vehicle will drive as far as it can on its wheels, but, when it encounters obstacles it can’t drive over, it will rise up on its legs and walk over them. The legs can also bend as the wheels roll over uneven terrain, keeping the cargo area level. The vehicle can also drive in any direction — forwards, backwards or side to side — using either its wheels or legs.