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The car, dubbed ‘Elevate’, has moveable legs, which allow it to navigate through more difficult terrain.
Hyundai believes it could one day be used by first responders in response to natural disasters, such as forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes or floods.
John Suh, Hyundai vice president, said: “When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field.
“They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete.
“This technology goes well beyond emergency situations – people living with disabilities worldwide that don’t have access to an ADA ramp could hail an autonomous Hyundai Elevate that could walk up to their front door, level itself, and allow their wheelchair to roll right in – the possibilities are limitless.”