Tiger-X1 – a Hyundai for the moon
Many automobile manufacturers are already thinking beyond the terrestrial horizon. The New Horizons Studio in California does this for Hyundai. It was there that the moon mobile Tiger-X1 was conceived, which is to go on extraterrestrial trips in the future.
Car manufacturers repeatedly present their idea of a moon mobile. Audi did it, as did Toyota, and now Hyundai is reaching for the stars too. In a somewhat more distant future, a reconnaissance vehicle from the Korean car manufacturer could also be recommended for extraterrestrial exploration trips on distant planets.
The study now presented is called Tiger-X1 and is currently being put through its paces on earth before it could actually go on distant journeys in a few years’ time.
The Tiger-X1 is currently primarily designed for the transport of things.
Because the name suffix X1 still stands for “experimental” and thus initially for a game of ideas about how emission-free and autonomously operating vehicles could conquer remote areas without roads in the future.
The concept was developed by the Hyundai think tank New Horizons Studio in California’s Silicon Valley, where possibilities are constantly being explored to rethink and redefine the design and development of vehicles and transportation.
Roll, run, fly
The four-wheeled mini-vehicle in the cabin trolley format was developed specifically for the transport of objects. Information on the performance of the motors, battery capacity or maximum speed are not yet revealed for the Tiger. Just so much:
The little cargo Kraxler has a fully electric and modular all-wheel drive.
Thanks to its design, the Tiger-X1 can move in very different terrain.
This consists of four wheels positioned at the corners of the vehicle body, which are guided by extendable and multi-articulated legs. Thanks to the wheels, the Tiger can move flat or with a lot of ground clearance like a car.
The wheel guides also allow robot-like walking, which, for example, ensures progress on rocky ground. Combined use with a flying drone is also being considered, with the help of which the tiger can move around in the air.
In addition to the already mentioned possible use for exploring the moon, the tiger could be used on earth for the transport of goods to remote areas or for aid packages for people in emergency situations.
The makers of Tiger do not want to rule out a military usage scenario either. In principle, autonomous driving and remote monitoring of the small cargo mobile would be conceivable. And so that the latter is also possible in remote areas, the vehicle could also be equipped with satellite internet.
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