Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled the (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot) TIGER, the company’s first uncrewed ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV) concept designed to carry various types of payload while traveling over challenging terrain.
TIGER is being developed by Hyundai Motor Group’s New Horizons Studio, headquartered in Mountain View, California, in partnership with Autodesk and Sundberg-Ferar.
It is designed to function as a mobile scientific exploration platform in extreme, remote locations. It is based on a modular platform architecture and features a sophisticated leg and wheel locomotion system, 360-degree directional control, and a range of sensors for remote observation. It is also intended to connect to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which can fully charge and deliver TIGER to inaccessible locations.
The TIGER is equipped with a large load bay housed within its body for carrying goods or to help deploy deliver aid packages in emergency situations. With the legs retracted, the TIGER drives like an all-wheel-drive vehicle. If ever it gets stuck or encounter challenging terrain, the TIGER can use its walking ability to pass that terrain while keeping payloads more level than a typical ground vehicle, thanks to its leg-wheel articulation.
“Vehicles like TIGER, and the technologies underpinning it, give us an opportunity to push our imaginations,” said Dr. John Suh, Head of New Horizons Studio. “We are constantly looking at ways to rethink vehicle design and development and re-define the future of transportation and mobility.”