February 9, 2021

Hyundai TIGER concept400x275Hyundai Motor Group has revealed its uncrewed ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV), which it has dubbed TIGER (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot). This is the company’s second UMV and the first designed to be uncrewed. The robot aims to carry various types of payloads while traveling over challenging terrain, either as a four-wheel drive vehicle or a four-legged walking machine.

TIGER is being developed by Hyundai  Motor Group’s New Horizons Studio, based in Mountain View, Calif. The studio was established late last year to develop UMV’s drawing on research and innovation leadership from Silicon Valley and other innovation hubs.

“Vehicles like TIGER, and the technologies underpinning it, give us an opportunity to push our imaginations,” said John Suh, head of New Horizons Studio. “We are constantly looking at ways to rethink vehicle design and development and redefine the future of transportation and mobility.”

The features of TIGER are designed to function as a mobile scientific exploration platform in extreme and remote locations. Based on a modular platform architecture, the TIGER includes a sophisticated leg and wheel locomotion system, 360-degree directional control, and a range of sensors for remote observation. The TIGER can also connect to unmanned aerial vehicles, which can fully charge and deliver TIGER to inaccessible locations.

The first version is the TIGER X-1, with the X standing for experimental, Hyundai said. The project is being led by New Horizons Studio, in partnership with engineering software company Autodesk.