Watch: Hyundai's 'walking car' can go anywhere
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Watch: Hyundai's 'walking car' can go anywhere

The insect-like concept car has wheels and legs

Hyundai has unveiled a 'walking' concept car which, it says, can go anywhere.

The insect-like concept car also has legs, which allow it to go where there are no roads, by trekking or climbing over difficult terrain, fording rivers, clambering over crumbled concrete, or even climbing stairs.

The car is called Elevate, or the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle. Propulsion comes from electric motors mounted inside each wheel hub, like on the Mars Curiosity Rover.

When the legs are folded under the vehicle, the Elevate can travel at highway speeds, almost resembling a normal car.

But it can also replicate the walking patterns of both mammals and reptiles, so it can stride across most terrains confidently, even snow and ice, with the wheels turned sideways as nonslip pads. 

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