Hyundai is one of the biggest names in the automotive industry, showcasing its vision for robotics, metamobility and metaverse at its CES 2022 booth in Las Vegas. The company shared how its robotics business will benefit from the future of mobility and move beyond traditional modes of transport to travel. Boston Dynamics representatives also attended the event with Hyundai, where they presented several “metamobility” and “mobility of things” (MoT) concepts to the public.
The main theme of the event was “Expanding Human Reach”, where Hyundai Motor showed the “future vision of how mobility in the real world can be advanced with robots and gave an insight into the future robotics society in which robots will connect the virtual world” . and real worlds together. “
Robotics & Metamobility
“Robotics is an integral part of Hyundai Motor’s transformation into a provider of intelligent mobility solutions.” The company acquired Boston Dynamics in June 2021 to focus on advancing robotics and improving people’s lives by offering a variety of Sharpen mobility solutions.
Hyundai has also unveiled its new concept of “Metability,” which aims to bring mobility and virtual reality (VR) much closer together. The company says it would allow people to overcome the physical limits of movement in time and space, and it intends to become the new medium between the real world and virtual space.
Hyundai also said that robotics, AI development and autonomous driving will eventually come together to create more advanced technology that can be used to diversify mobilities and serve as a smart vehicle for accessing the Metaverse platform. Companies are already using autonomous driving technologies in existing cars, and there are also delivery robots that use complex AI algorithms to make people’s lives easier.
“At Hyundai, we use the power of robotics to achieve great things. We envision future mobility solutions made possible by advanced robotics – even the expansion of our mobility solutions to include metamobility, ”said Euisun Chung, the Group’s CEO during his presentation. “This vision will give mankind unlimited freedom of movement and progress.”
Unlimited mobility of things
The company also revealed its plans to create an advanced mobility experience with an infinite Mobility of Things (MoT) ecosystem and showcased several robots and concepts at the event.
“We are directing all of our robotics and creative efforts towards building the ecosystem of the unlimited mobility of things,” said Dong Jin Hyun, Vice President and Head of Robotics Lab, Hyundai Motor Group. “The aim is for robotics to enable all types of personal mobility, networked, in order to communicate, move and perform tasks autonomously.”
The new concept would enable “traditionally inanimate” objects to be moved using the company’s robotic technology and solution. The company presented new modules that would provide an all-in-one solution for the Mobility of Things ecosystem. These modules would be called Plug & Drive (PnD) and Drive & Lift (DnL).
The new modular PnD platforms offer an all-in-one mobility solution that combines intelligent steering, braking, in-wheel electric drive and suspension hardware. The single wheel unit can use a steering actuator for infinite wheel rotation and 360 degree rotation. The platform would enable holonomic movements, like a figure skater, says the company. The vehicles would also have built-in LiDAR and camera sensors to enable object tracking and autonomous navigation both indoors and outdoors. The module could also be attached to almost anything, including tables to containers, and would come in a variety of configurations and different platforms for objects of any size.
The Personal Mobility concept comprises a platform with four 5.5-inch PnD modules. The concept device measures 133 cm wide, 125 cm long and 188.5 cm high. This Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV) provides last mile mobility for a single passenger and can be configured with a rotating opening and closing method. The device can be used with a smart joystick on the right side of the seat and does not require steering wheels or pedals.
The L7 concept is another mobility concept that is equipped with a 12-inch PnD module and is very similar to the personal mobility concept, in which the seat can be rotated and the passenger can easily get off the device.
The Service Mobile and Logistic Mobile concepts also use the same platform and four modules as the Personal Mobility concept. These devices can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including moving customer baggage to hotels, while Logistics Mobility could be used to move goods from warehouses.