Technology with a human heart.

Wearable exoskeletons, unmanned vehicles, all-terrain rovers - at Hyundai, we believe the future of mobility will involve more than just passenger cars. We are devoted to the research and development of robots based on our vision “Progress for Humanity."

Closeup of Hyundai wearable robotic legs
Dreaming a future where humans and robots are together

- Hyundai Motors’ Robot Platform Team -

Wearable Robotics

Technology developed for humans.

Robotics have the potential to greatly improve the quality of human lives at work, at home, and at play by providing us with support for all kinds of tasks.
Paralympic athlete Jun-beom Park, aiming his arrow

Meet Jun-beom Park.

In 2019, we received a letter from Korean National Para-archer Jun-boem Park . His moving story inspired our robotics team to take action. Could wearable robotics help Jun-boem walk again?
  1. Close-up of a finger pointing at a childhood photo of paralympic athlete Jun-beom Park

    His first steps.

    Jun-beom Park ’s mother vividly remembers his first steps. Born prematurely at 7 months and weighing only 1.8 kgs, he first encountered the world from an incubator but grew healthier and took his first steps at 15 months. Taken with confidence and a smile, this was just the start for the young Jun-beom Park.
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  1. Paralympic athlete Jun-beom Park sitting in his wheelchair in a locker room

    At eighteen, an unexpected accident.

    On May 5th, 2008, an accident changed Jun-beom Park ’s life forever. He'll never forget that day. Heading to the library with his friends. The echoing voices of the paramedics. Opening his eyes in the emergency room. Seeing his father cry for the first time. His thoracic vertebrae were damaged and he would be dependent on a wheelchair forever.
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  1. Close-up of a boy looking at goldfish swimming in an aquarium

    Despair, hope and goldfish.

    Depression struck. Park isolated himself from his friends, girlfriend and even his parents. It was difficult for him to adjust to the new reality. For over a year, he stayed in his room. Then a glimmer of hope in his pet goldfish, as he found comfort and understanding in caring for them.
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  1. Paralympic athlete Jun-beom Park sitting in his wheelchair practicing archery

    A new challenge.

    The sport of archery guided Jun-beom Park out of his seclusion and back into the world. He first picked up a bow at a disability centre recommended by his therapist recommended. As he took aim, the world melted away and he directed his focus on a new target, to join the Korean national Paralympic team.
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  1. Paralympic athlete Jun-beom Park moving about in his wheelchair

    Practice, patient, preparation. 

    Jun-Boem began to prove himself, joining a corporate team and winning a variety of competitions in his 10 year journey to reach the Korean National Team. Yet he still dreamed  to be free from his wheelchair, and see the world eye-to-eye. 
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How can our robotics help Park Jun-beom walk again?

Jun-beom's success and motivation, despite his challenging circumstances, moved and inspired our robotics Team. From the moment Jun-beom personally reached out, our “Second first steps” project began. Could we help him walk again?


 
 
 

Our Next Steps:

Our second first steps project began with a simple letter, and grew to a cornerstone of our "Because of You" brand campaign. This remarkable journey taught us one lesson, that technology should support people, not divide them. This philosophy underpins everything that we do, from wearable robotics to our electric vehicles, our progress, is your progress. Progress for Humanity.

 

Wearable Vest Exoskeleton.

Vest Exoskeleton (VEX) is another wearable robot developed by Hyundai. It's created to assist industrial workers who spend long hours working in overhead environments.
Close-up of Hyundai's VEX exoskeleton vest

What VEX does.

VEX supports the body and reduces muscle or skeletal strain during repetitive movements, or in heavy load situations. By imitating natural human movements, VEX boosts load support and mobility without putting stress on the user.
Two men trying out Hyundai's VEX exoskeleton vest in working conditions

Application.

VEX is made for workers whose job is primarily overhead, such as bolting the underside of vehicles, fitting brake tubes, and attaching exhausts.

 
 
 

Service Robotics

Mobility is more than a car.

In our aim to redefine mobility, we are looking beyond the form of a traditional automobile to change the way we move for the better. One of our more unusual concepts is the Elevate, an innovative and flexible new vehicle based around a simple question. What would a vehicle be like if it could walk? And more importantly, would anyone benefit? The resulting answer is a striking, and modular electric car with robotic legs that allow it to move across almost any terrain.
Elevate walking car, navigation a field of boulders

Elevate, the walking car.

Elevate pushes the boundaries of what we call a vehicle. Multi-joint legs give it the ability to climb steps, lift itself above water or jump gaps.

“People living with disabilities worldwide could hail Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door and allow their wheelchair to roll right in.”
- John Suh -

Boston Dynamics

Hyundai x Boston Dynamics: Welcome to the future of mobility.

With our recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics, Hyundai's investment and commitment into furthering robotics technology has entered a new, even more dynamic phase. Combining their technical expertise with our vision, we will re-define the future of mobility, as we believe that when mobility evolves, so does humanity.

 
 
 
Worker sitting at a desk with Boston Dynamics Spot robots waiting for instructions.

Robots.

Thanks to Boston Dynamics, robots are moving from our imaginations into our homes, offices, and factories: partners that can help us do more.

 
 
 
Image of a Boston Dynamics robot, jumping in the air.

Future Plans.

With Boston Dynamics, Hyundai will create a robotics value chain reaching from robot component manufacturing to smart logistics solutions. This will become the starting point for future mobility, where we break through the conventional concept of road vehicles, and reach out to places that were previously unthinkable.