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Compared to a decade ago, Hyundai is a far more ambitious brand today. The Santa Cruz is a significant creative foray into the small truck market last year. Additionally, consider the fact that it’s one of the few automakers to produce a hydrogen-powered vehicle in the shape of its Nexo. You may be surprised to learn that Hyundai’s next car looks nothing like anything you’ve ever seen from the company. The company has revealed that its new Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) will be built in a new Research, Development, and Lab Center (RDLC) in Bozeman, Montana.

The New Horizons studio

The Hyundai TIGER X-1 Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) uncrewed concept model
Hyundai TIGER X-1 | Hyundai Motor Company, Australia

Autonomous vehicles are unquestionably the next stage in the development of motor vehicles, and Hyundai seems to be going all out to shape and safeguard the mobility of people in future generations.

A new R&D and lab facility in Bozeman, Montana, will be the home of Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio (NHS), a division dedicated to developing Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs). According to CarBuzz, the anticipated $20 million investment in NHS Bozeman is part of Hyundai’s Progress for Humanity goal, which aims to redefine transportation by providing easily accessible, environmentally friendly, and technologically advanced solutions. Prototyping, field testing, and application development for UMVs will all be supported at the brand-new facility.

UMVs are vehicles intended to navigate even the most inhospitable terrain. The automaker has launched ‘New Horizons Studio’ to concentrate on UMV design and development. So, to create off-road vehicles with previously unheard-of mobility, the studio’s goal is to push vehicle development to its furthest limits.

Hyundai’s ultimate mobility vehicles (UMVs)

As part of the CRADLE (Centre for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) initiative, Hyundai debuted its prototype UMV, Elevate, at CES 2019. Mobility services, smart cities, artificial intelligence (AI), sustainable energy, and robots are within the purview of Hyundai‘s CRADLE research center in the United States.

Robotic legs and motors compose the pod-like structure on top of the rolling chassis of Elevate’s quadruped vehicle. A UMV’s wheels function as both legs and wheels since they can be extended and used to “walk” across rough terrains, like the robots from Transformers.

The alien-like vehicle has six degrees of motion. According to the Hyundai Motor Group, Elevate can climb a 1.5m-high wall, step over a gap in the ground, “walk” through various terrains, and reach its track width. The vehicle does what it sets out to do with its body and occupants fully level.

The vehicle’s potential uses in the defense and medical areas are emphasized as its role as a first responder in the event of a natural catastrophe. The vehicle may be summoned straight to doors, allowing the entry of occupants, including wheelchair users, once it has leveled itself, in line with its primary purpose of boosting mobility.

The X-1, Hyundai’s latest TIGER (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot) program idea, was shown off at the Seoul Motor Show. However, Car and Driver contends that we should not expect this piece to save anything larger than a cat for the time being.

While humans pilot the Elevate, the TIGER X-1 is Hyundai’s first UMV intended to run autonomously. First and foremost, it’s made to transport freight and supplies through difficult terrain rather than people. It will be used as a mobile scientific research and sensor platform in isolated areas.

The release of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

Other than releasing new Ultimate Mobility Vehicles, Hyundai has recently released Ioniq 5. Thanks to the vehicle’s angular lines and aerodynamic shape, a dramatic entry is made with every drive.

The vehicle’s functionality may be found easily, thanks to its brilliant blending of digital and analog technology. Additionally, it’s as simple as plugging in your smartphone to charge the Ioniq 5. The Ioniq 5 can be charged from 0% to 80% in only 18 minutes when using the 350 kW DC ultra-rapid charger. If you need to go somewhere fast, a 5-minute charge can get you a whopping 100 kilometers (or 62 miles).

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 sets a new level for the automaker’s EV line with its stunning appearance. Everything about the vehicle was developed with the most up-to-date technology and design advancements in mind to provide maximum efficiency, performance, and comfort for everyone.


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