Hyundai Motor Group (OTCMKTS: HYMTF) revealed TIGER (transforming intelligent ground excursion robot), an ultimate mobility vehicle designed to be completely autonomous. The vehicle was manufactured to work as both a four-wheel-drive car as well as a “four-legged walking machine”.
TIGER was built for scientific exploration and remote locations. It features 360-degree directional control and several sensors used for remote observation. The vehicle can link to driverless aerial vehicles (UAV’s), that can charge and transport TIGER to out-of-reach areas.
Both Hyundai’s California-based New Horizons Studio and U.S. firms Autodesk and Sundberg-Ferar have worked together on the project.
“Working closely with the team at Hyundai on the TIGER X-1 vehicle, using advanced technology such as generative design to push the boundaries of increasing strength while reducing weight in transportation, is exactly what we mean when we talk about creating the new possible,” said Srinath Jonnalagadda, Vice President of Business Strategy for Design and Manufacturing at Autodesk. “New design, engineering and manufacturing techniques enabled by Autodesk Fusion 360 help today’s modern, collaborative teams get to production faster and more efficiently.”
The team believes that TIGER could be productive and valuable in delivering items such as emergency aid packages. If the vehicle were to encounter difficult terrain or somehow became stuck, its “walking ability” would be used to continue the journey with no further issues.
“Vehicles like TIGER, and the technologies underpinning it, give us an opportunity to push our imaginations,” said Dr. John Suh, Head of New Horizons Studio. “We are constantly looking at ways to rethink vehicle design and development and re-define the future of transportation and mobility.”