South Korean automaker Hyundai makes machines that move. But the company is now tackling the problem of mobility on a much smaller scale than usual.
Instead of new cars, the company intends, during its participation in the CES 2022 exhibition in January 2022, to display its future vision for robotics through MobED.
MobED is a four-wheeled robot designed to carry anything you want from parcels to people and from TV screens to beverage trays.
The robot is 67 centimeters long and 60 centimeters wide, with four 12-inch pneumatic tires that can be independently controlled via three motors at the end of each axle.
The complex suspension system means that its central platform can be tilted in any direction, allowing the robot to maintain cargo level when driving up or down a slope and adjust the angle of its payload, according to the Arab Technical News Portal.
The company calls the robot the Mobility Platform. An official press release indicates that it wants to sell MobED to industry partners, who then adapt it to specific use cases.
Prices are still unknown. And based on some videos from the company, she imagines some very diverse applications.
MobED can become your personal assistant for carrying parcels and shopping bags. And future releases may be strong enough to take on people.
MobED can be used as a mobility device for the elderly or disabled when the platform is scaled up enough for people to install it, the company said in a press release. It can also be used as a stroller or leisure stroller.
The robot has a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour and can drive for four hours on a single charge. But how to navigate is unknown.
Hyundai does not mention any sensors, whether cameras or lidars. The company also doesn’t say if it comes with any autonomous driving program – which is too stressful for partners to develop.
Hyundai isn’t the only automaker to branch out into this kind of generalized robotics.
Both Toyota and Honda are investing heavily in this area. They are developing machines that might one day function in nursing homes or be used as personal mobility devices.
With the development of autonomous driving technology, many car manufacturers are seeing new areas to apply this newly acquired experience. And MobED is the latest example of this trend.