The 2017 Consumer Electronic Show is on at Las Vegas and Hyundai took this opportunity to expand its IONIQ line of vehicles. The latest to join the family is still only a concept but it will be the most affordable IONIQ you can buy if it ever sees the light of a factory floor.
The IONIQ Scooter is aimed at giving people last mile connectivity so that the journey continues ever after the car is parked. The Scooter can be charged while sitting in the front door of the IONIQ Hybrid. The fact that it can be stored in the front door of the car showcases how portable it is when folded. Unfolding the Scooter is also said to require only one hand.
When fully opened up, it becomes large enough to conveniently carry a person to his destination assuming it has to ride on vitrified tiles. Regular asphalt can chew up its tiny tyres before the battery runs out.
It's not like the Scooter is going to stay under the radar while on the move but the engineers still added front and rear lights to make it more visible. Sensors in the board detect when someone is on it or not and enable or disable the motor to prevent unintended motion. Acceleration is controlled by the rider scrolling up their thumb switch, while braking is achieved by pressing a pad over the scooter’s rear wheel or scrolling down thumb switch.
Tae Won Lin, head of Hyundai Motor's research and engineering institute said:
"Hyundai Motor takes pride in finding innovative solutions to make the lives of our customers as easy as possible, so developing concepts like the IONIQ Scooter is at the core of our forward-looking R&D program, Project IONIQ. As we look ahead, our vision is to be a world leader in hyper-connected living and to offer our customers seamless, end-to-end transport solutions.”
Project IONIQ is a long-term research and development area that focuses on three main areas of research, which include:
predicting changes in future mobility and studying possible scenarios
developing new types of mobility according to changes in society and people’s lifestyles
creating new service models and mobility experiences that extend the role and definition of ‘cars’
If you're still not convinced that Hyundai doesn't just makes cars then this should get you over the fence. The Korean carmaker also showcased a personal mobility exoskeleton at the electronic show to demonstrate thier prowess in the field of robotics.
The H-MEX (Hyundai Medical EXoskeleton) helps patients with lower spinal cord injuries regain the ability to walk. By utilizing a wireless clutch with on-board motion control system, the equipment gives the patient the ability to sit, stand, move, turn and even walk up or down stairs. The H-WEX (Hyundai Waist EXoskeleton) provides upper-body and hip support to prevent back injuries for workers doing repetitive manual work or lifting heavy objects.
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