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The Hyundai Elevate Is A 'Walking Car' That's Ready For The Apocalypse

Hyundai has teased an unusual car with wheels mounted on robotic legs ahead of a CES debut

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Hyundai will be showcasing the unusual Elevate in prototype form at the Consumer Electronics Show
Hyundai will be showcasing the unusual Elevate in prototype form at the Consumer Electronics Show

Since CES is a tech show, the automotive firms attending the Las Vegas-based event can get away with bringing something a little different along. The sort of vehicle that would just seem a little weird at Geneva or Frankfurt. For an example, you just need to take a look at what Hyundai has whipped up for the Consumer Electronics Show this year.

What you’re looking at here is a teaser for the Hyundai Elevate, which - the Korean company proudly states - gives birth to an all-new vehicle category it’s calling UMV. That stands for Ultimate Mobility Vehicle, a designation given because the wheels of this unusual creation are mounted on robotic legs, allowing it to “Walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain.”

It looks like it’s ready to take on the apocalypse. Or perhaps help Skynet cause the apocalypse. We’re not sure which.

Hyundai hasn’t said a whole lot about the vehicle’s technical specifications just yet, but it is promising to showcase a ‘concept and prototype’ for the Elevate. Does that mean it’s a full-size creation rather than a downsized model? We’ll find out for sure on 7 January.