When you hear the name Hyundai, what do you think of first? Maybe some commercial with Super Bowl celebrities. Maybe of the Elantra and how you could easily star in a spy movie with just the right amount of car parts tinted. Perhaps, you’re just confusing someone’s dialect with a Honda. In any case, Hyundai is leading the future pursuits with their New Horizons Studio. It’s based on the foundational knowledge that it’s Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot (TIGER) kicks butt. It’s essentially an unmannable delivery vehicle.
This is pretty ambitious of the Hyundai-backed company, which joins plenty of startups looking to make big bucks off of a market that is trying to peak beyond $40 billion in the United States by 2030. Now, not every company tends to be newly exposed to this type of transportation. Usually, there are long histories where they develop innovative concepts and solutions in transportation.
Hyundai Motor Group has the TIGER as an Ultimate Mobility Vehicle.
Which, when shortened, is also known as an UMV. The vehicle is absolutely based on modular platforms. And it’s really cool. Because it works hard on leg-and-wheel locomotion systems. There is also a 360-degree directional control system. Where the range of sensors allow for remote observation. Each of the legs is able to retract for simple driving that is unparrallel in it’s existence.
The manager of design and innovation strategy at Sundberg-Ferar, David Byron, believes that TIGER has a certain design that allows for different bodies. Furthermore, it’s able to be attached to any chassis. Unique applications for cargo delivery in locations that aren’t capable of suiting humans.
When they had Fusion 360, Hyundai and Autodesk utilized TIGER with their legs, tires, chassis, and wheels from only carbon fiber composite. Therefore utilizing the strength of composite additive printing. Isn’t that cool?