Elevate is the car of tomorrow. It appeared for the first time at the technology conference, CES 2019, in Las Vegas. Hyundai has developed an electric car that uses robotics on a large scale, and, can literally, walk. The design allows the car to go to the most inaccessible locations with ease. It could be an integral part of rescue missions in disaster zones and even be a part of crewed missions to the moon or Mars.

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Sky News reports that Hyundai stated that the van-like vehicle can be an asset to those who respond to emergencies, where people have to move across difficult terrains and normal vehicles will fail. The design of Elevate provides flexibility, and because it's an electric car, it will not release dangerous gasses to pollute the surroundings. The South Korean carmaker, Hyundai, has been working on the concept for three years and has now displayed their car in public.

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Disaster management groups will love Elevate

Explaining the importance of Elevate, John Suh, a senior official of Hyundai, said when there is a disaster like a tsunami or an earthquake, there will be breaks in the road. Sky News says that it is a major hurdle for first responders. In such a situation, Elevate is the way out. It can reach the location and climb over obstacles like flood debris or crumbled concrete.

The body of the vehicle is accessible from all four sides, and the programs of its robotic legs allow it to cater to any eventuality. Unfortunately, more than 1,200 people died in an Indonesian earthquake and tsunami.

NASA already has a robotic probe called Curiosity, on Mars, that has been there for more than five years.

Elon Musk has plans to send a Tesla Roadster EV to the red planet, ahead of humans. Both of these vehicles could become competitors to Hyundai’s Elevate.

The future of Elevate is bright

According to Drive Spark, Elevate is the world's first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), because it is a combination of electric car technology and robotics. Hyundai has developed it and the broad intention is to make available a “resilient and rapid transportation for disaster management.”

Hyundai feels its Elevate will be useful as ambulances and that it will appeal to those who are first responders.

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It is an EV and the robotic legs can adjust to any situation. In the opinion of David Byron, the design manager at Sundberg-Ferar, when the power of robotics joins hands with the EV technology of Hyundai, the stage is set to “redefine our perception of vehicular freedom."

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