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The first 72 hours following a natural disaster are the most crucial to saving lives. However, due to the nature of the disaster (forest fire, earthquake, hurricane, or flood), it can often be difficult for search-and-rescue and humanitarian aid missions to reach and get immediate help to those in need. 

The need for efficient, rapid, resilient transportation for disaster assistance led Hyundai to develop the first vehicle with moveable legs. It is called Elevate, and it introduces a new category that Hyundai has dubbed the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV). It may sound like a new format for TV display, but rather than competing with UHD and the like, it blends technology found in electric cars and robots. The combination allows it to traverse terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicle.

“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field,,said John Suh, VP of Hyundai, head of Hyundai Cradle. “They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete. This technology goes well beyond emergency situations – people living with disabilities worldwide that don’t have access to a ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in – the possibilities are limitless.”

Click here to read more about how the Hyundai Elevate works.

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