Hyundai unveils vision of new Metamobility concept, ‘Expanding Human Reach’ through Robotics & Metaverse.

Inspired by our vision, "Progress for Humanity", we dream of a future in which robots help humanity. At CES 2022, we unveiled our plans for our next generation robotics, which will move us beyond limitations, move things beyond our imagination and expand the role of mobility to virtual space, so-called Metamobility.

Watch Hyundai's vision for the future.

Expanding Human Reach.

Under the main theme of ‘Expanding Human Reach’, Hyundai's presentations reflected 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 humankind.

Robotics.

Mobility of Things.

Robotics is an essential part of Hyundai's transformation into a smart mobility solution provider. Having acquired Boston Dynamics, an innovator in the field, we have sharpened our focus on advancing robotics to enhance people’s lives through a range of mobility solutions. We see robotics and mobility as complementary in that one accelerates development of the other, and vice versa. Together, they form a synergistic combination that will add value to the business and drive progress for humanity, starting with a robotics-based Mobility of Things (MoT) ecosystem.
rendering of a Hyundai PnD model used in service mobility for hotel luggage transport

Robots that move people and things beyond imagination and limitation.

At CES, the Hyundai Motor booth presented how mobility in the real world can be advanced with its robots, including Spot® quadruped, PnD Personal Mobility module, L7 micro-mobility model and MobED small mobility platform with eccentric wheels. The four robot models are optimized to each module and video screens explain each robot’s special advantages.

Spot, the quadruped robot, in action

Spot®.

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.
Boston Dynamics and Hyundai envision a future in which people and robots work together, improving safety, productivity and quality of life.
Atlas, the bipedal humanoid robot, jumping in the air

Atlas.

AtlasTM 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.

Plug & Drive (PnD) and Drive & Lift (DnL).

Plug & Drive (PnD) and Drive & Lift (DnL) modular platforms have been revealed as all-in-one solutions for its unlimited Mobility of Things (MoT) ecosystem, wherein traditionally inanimate things, from small objects to community spaces, will gain mobility using the company’s robotics technologies.

MobED

Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED).

MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid)  is a small mobility platform that uses the  Drive & Lift module (DnL), an eccentric wheel mechanism, combining the drive, steering and braking systems in one structure. With DnL mounted on each wheel, MobED can lift the platform up and down, so the body can stay level as MobED traverses uneven terrain or low barriers such as steps or speed bumps.
 
  1. Hyundai's MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid)  is a small mobility platform

    Clever design.

    The MobED has an innovative design arrangement. It’s flat, rectangular body rides on four large wheels, with an independent suspension that enables optimal body posture and stable movement even on inclined and uneven roads. This suspension allows the platform to move through complex urban environments by freely adjusting its wheelbase and steering angles.

    The intelligent design arrangement of each wheel featuring an individual power and steering control system enables in-place rotation and omnidirectional movement, which allows for highly effective mobility even in narrow situations.

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  1. MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid)  is a small mobility platform

    Specs.

    MobED measures 67 cm long, 60 cm wide, 33 cm high, and weighs 50 kg. Its wheelbase expands to 65 cm for optimum stability in high-speed driving and then scales down to 45 cm for low-speed maneuvers in more complex environments. Its maximum speed is 30 km/h, allowing for around four hours of driving on a single charge with a battery capacity of 2 kWh.

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  1. MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid)  navigating an obstacle while transporting stacked champagne glasses

    Stabilizing.

    The eccentric mechanism-based posture control system also stabilizes the body attitude by adjusting the height of each wheel according to the ground environment. The MobED’s 12-inch pneumatic tires further help to absorb bumps and vibrations.

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  1. two Hyundai MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droids) used with a monitor and a baby carrier

    Diverse Applications.

    We exhibited a guide application concept of MobED equipped with a monitor for drawing the attention of people, such as visitors at a public attraction.

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Hyundai's MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid)  is a small mobility platform
We have developed the MobED platform to overcome the limitations of existing indoor guide and service robots while maximizing its usability in cities by dramatically improving the platform’s overall mobility. We are also looking ahead to assess how potential users of MobED will further expand their needs and use for this type of technology.

- Dong Jin Hyun - Head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab -

Metamobility

Expanding to Metamobility.

At the forefront of new mobility, Hyundai takes another leap forward at CES 2022. Chang Song, President and the Head of Transportation-as-a-Service(TaaS) Division of Hyundai Motor Group, introduces a new concept of ‘Metamobility’, with the goal of pioneering a smart device-metaverse connection that will expand the role of mobility to virtual reality(VR), ultimately allowing people to overcome the physical limitations of movement in time and space.
rendering of Hyundai's vision of the Metaverse

Proxy Experience.

In a virtual world, we are not physically there. We can’t just go into the Metaverse and start moving things around. But friends like SPOT will help us to enrich our experience in the metaverse. “A whole host of proxy robots will be ready and waiting outside the Metaverse,” said President Song. He continued, “they are physical ambassadors, designed to respond to our eye and body movements.” This will help us to expand our reach to new realities with “be-there” proxy experiences.
 

About CES

Most influential tech event in the world.

The first Consumer Electronic Show kicked off in 1967, with 250 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees in New York City. Since then, CES has grown by more than 10-fold and now encompasses both traditional and non-traditional tech industries. CES showcases companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. It also includes a conference program where the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers address the industry's most relevant issues.
robots Spot and Atlas looking at a Hyundai car

Hyundai at CES.

We exhibited our robot product lineup, including the recently revealed Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED) as well as Boston Dynamics’ Spot® and Atlas. Robotics demonstrations and dance performance programs were also part of the presentation at Hyundai Motor’s exhibition booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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