At its CES 2022, Hyundai Motor shared how the company’s robotics business will drive the paradigm shift towards future mobility, going beyond the traditional means of transportation to fulfill unlimited freedom of movement for mankind. By acquiring Boston Dynamics in June 2021, Hyundai secured the leading presence in the field of robotics and took a major step toward its strategic transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider.
During the event, representatives of Boston Dynamics and Microsoft joined Hyundai Motor to share insights about pioneering new concepts of ‘Metamobility’ and ‘Mobility of Things’ (MoT) that were also revealed at the event.
Under the main theme of ‘Expanding Human Reach’, Hyundai Motor showed CES 2022 visitors its future vision of how mobility in the real world can be advanced with robots, and also offered a glimpse of the future robotics society where robots will connect the virtual and real worlds.
Hyundai Motor exhibited a total of four application concept models using a PnD modular platform, including Personal Mobility, Service Mobility, Logistics Mobility and L7 — all of which fit into an unlimited MoT ecosystem. Additionally, the recently revealed Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED) and Boston Dynamics’ Spot® and Atlas™ were at the exhibit.
At the exhibit, Spot® performed a dance program, demonstrating its range of dynamic movements. Also, three robot models using PnD modules and DnL eccentric wheel technology demonstrated their own types of dynamic movements on the theme of mobility.
Hyundai’s Full CES Exhibit Robot Lineup:
- Personal Mobility – PnD is an individualized public transportation based on the PnD module. It provides a comfortable experience to the destination while protecting personal privacy. Also, it can provide private mobility with autonomous driving technology.
- Logistics Mobility – PnD combines a commercial unit on top of a platform using four PnD modules. After long-distance movement being docked in a mother shuttle (large mobility), it can undock and move a short distance autonomously. It can execute an advanced first-to-last-mile delivery of goods in collaboration with Spot.
- Service Mobility – PnD combines a butler-type unit on top of a platform that uses four PnD modules. It is a human-friendly mobility that plays the same role as a personal assistant by providing automated services, such as an information screen and baggage delivery at points where services have not been previously provided.
- L7 – PnD is a micro-mobility based on a platform that combines four large PnD modules. With infinite wheel rotation, it can switch directions freely and drive even in a restricted space. It can be used for various types of mobility platforms, not only in transportation but also in logistics.
- MobED – DnL (Mobile Eccentric Droid) is a mobile platform that combines four DnL modules. It can overcome the limitations of movement and enables stable driving on uneven surfaces, such as stairs. It can be combined with various modules and used as a micro-mobility to improve mobility for the elderly and the disabled.
- MobED +screen – DnL also is a mobile platform that combines four DnL modules and a screen, allowing the device to become a mobile guide.
- Spot® is an agile quadruped robot that can be equipped with an arm and camera. It can navigate with unrivaled mobility, allowing automated routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately and frequently.
- Atlas™ is a bipedal humanoid robot with an advanced control system and state-of-the-art hardware that give it the power/balance to demonstrate human-level agility.
To learn more about Hyundai’s Robots please visit: https://www.hyundai.com/worldwide/en/brand/hyundai-boston-dynamics.
About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,’ Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services. In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero-emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.
Source: Hyundai, CES