Hyundai Motor Group has revealed the Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED), an all-new small mobility platform using cutting-edge robotics technologies. The MobED’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.
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 manoeuvres 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.
Hyundai says it’s suitable for delivery, guiding and filming equipment, and it can also be used for service robots that can operate both indoors and outdoors.
MobED can be used as a mobility device for the elderly or the disabled when the platform is sufficiently increased for people to mount it.
It can also be used as a stroller or leisure vehicle.
Dong Jin Hyun, Head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab, says: “We have developed the MobED platform to overcome the limitations of existing indoor guide and service robots while maximising 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.”
Hyundai Motor Group will be at CES 2022, Jan. 5-8, 2022. At the event, Hyundai Motor will present its future vision with robotics.
The MobED will also be on display at Hyundai Motor’s booth.
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe.