|Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Euisun speaks about the company's robotics drive alongside a robot called Spot during the company's robotics conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Tuesday (local time). Courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group|
Auto giant to combine robotics with mobilityBy Kim Hyun-bin LAS VEGAS ― Hyundai Motor unveiled its vision for pioneering the use of robotics in both the real world and the metaverse at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 (CES 2022), one of the most influential tech events in the world that runs until Friday. Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Euisun, delivered a presentation under the theme of "Expanding Human Reach" at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Tuesday (local time). The presentation reflected the company's robotics drive, which is part of its paradigm shift towards future mobility, going beyond traditional means of transportation. Robotics is an essential part of Hyundai Motor's transformation into a smart mobility solution provider. As part of that transformation, the automotive giant acquired Boston Dynamics to get its hands on advanced robotics technologies that can be used to develop a wide range of mobility solutions.
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Smart transport ecosystemHyundai Motor also revealed its blueprint for a so-called Mobility of Things (MoT) ecosystem where Plug & Drive (PnD) and Drive & Lift (DnL) modular platforms are fused with robotics technologies to create new modes of smart, interconnected transportation. "We are directing all our robotics engineering and creative efforts toward building an unlimited Mobility of Things ecosystem," said Hyun Dong-jin, vice president and head of Hyundai Motor Group's robotics lab. "The goal is for robotics to enable all kinds of personal mobility, connected to communicate, move and perform tasks autonomously." Hyun highlighted the new PnD module, a wheeled robotics platform that combines intelligent steering, braking, in-wheel electric drive and suspension hardware that can be scaled up or down, for any purpose, size or application. Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) functions and camera sensors allow a PnD-enabled object to move autonomously. "In the world to come, we will not move our things, but things will actually move around us with the PnD module making traditionally inanimate objects mobile," Hyun Dong-jin, head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab said. "We are directing all our ambitious robotics engineering and creative efforts towards realizing an even bigger vision than ever ― the unlimited Mobility of Things ecosystem." At CES 2022, Hyundai Motor exhibited a total of four concept models using a PnD modular platform, including Personal Mobility, Service Mobility, Logistics Mobility and L7 ― all of which fit into the envisioned unlimited MoT ecosystem.
|Hyundai Motor's Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED) / Courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group|
|Hyundai Motor's Spot robot- / Courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group|
Showcasing future roboticsHyundai Motor opened an exhibition booth to present how mobility in the real world can be advanced with its robots, including Spot quadrupeds, PnD Personal Mobility modules, L7 micro-mobility models and MobED small mobility platforms with eccentric wheels. The booth also features the Metaverse Zone where visitors can experience the virtual world to catch a glimpse of the future robotics society. The zone's four-sided LEDs provide an immersive experience where visitors can create personalized avatars and communicate with them in a virtual space.