Hyundai plan to send their bonkers Tiger X-1 to the Moon
This makes Tesla's space-roadster seem like a lame party trick
Remember that strange Elevate walking vehicle concept from Hyundai back in 2019? Well, they've been back to the drawing board with their robots, and have come up with this (far more conventional-looking) machine - the Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot, or TIGER X-1 for short.
This entirely autonomous battery-powered robot is designed to conquer any terrain it encounters, including the surface of the moon. Yes, THAT moon. Eat your heart out, Elon...
Designed by Hyundai's in-house New Horizons studio in partnership with Autodesk and Sunberg-Ferar, the TIGER X-1 can also be used for humanitarian rescue missions, military surveillance, disaster relief, and even mundane tasks such as automating home delivery services.
Hyundai believes that robots will form a key part of mobility in the future, and as such purchased a $1.1 billion controlling stake in Boston Dynamics, the world's best-known robotics research and production company.
Based upon a modular platform architecture, the TIGER X-1 has all-wheel drive, with each leg having a total of six articulation points between the chassis and the wheel, along with 360-degree locomotion.
So, while you're pretty unlikely to ever walk into a Hyundai dealership and encounter a TIGER X-1, you may see them in the media in the future. Are you a fan of robotics? Let us know below!