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Hyundai rolls out highly maneuverable MobED mobility platform

Hyundai rolls out highly maneu...
Each wheel is independently powered and steered, and can be raised or lowered to keep the low-flat platform level as the MobED rolls over uneven terrain or tackles inclines
Each wheel is independently powered and steered, and can be raised or lowered to keep the low-flat platform level as the MobED rolls over uneven terrain or tackles inclines
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Each wheel is independently powered and steered, and can be raised or lowered to keep the low-flat platform level as the MobED rolls over uneven terrain or tackles inclines
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Each wheel is independently powered and steered, and can be raised or lowered to keep the low-flat platform level as the MobED rolls over uneven terrain or tackles inclines
MobED has a future as the base for service robots, but can also be scaled up to move people around
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MobED has a future as the base for service robots, but can also be scaled up to move people around
The highly maneuverable platform has a top speed of 30 km/h and can roll along for around four hours on a single charge of its battery
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The highly maneuverable platform has a top speed of 30 km/h and can roll along for around four hours on a single charge of its battery
The MobED can spin on the spot, make tight turns or navigate through challenging environments
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The MobED can spin on the spot, make tight turns or navigate through challenging environments
A motorized stroller that could gently rock a bay to sleep, rolling digital signage, and a mobility vehicle for disabled or elderly users have been offered as potential applications for the MobED platform
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A motorized stroller that could gently rock a bay to sleep, rolling digital signage, and a mobility vehicle for disabled or elderly users have been offered as potential applications for the MobED platform
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The Robotics Lab at Hyundai has developed a new rolling platform to serve as the base for camera dollies on a movie set, package delivery bots, mobility vehicles and even baby strollers. The electric Mobile Eccentric Droid (MobED) features four independently steered wheels and can even keep the low, flat base level on inclines.

The small mobility platform measures 67 x 60 x 33 cm (26.3 x 23.6 x 12.9 in), and tips the scales at 50 kg (110 lb) – though Hyundai suggests that the setup is modular and can be scaled up to accommodate a person, for use as the base of a mobility vehicle perhaps, or serve as a roving baby stroller or leisure vehicle.

But it's mainly been developed as a base for indoor/outdoor service robots, and for "delivery, guiding and filming equipment."

"We have developed the MobED platform to overcome the limitations of existing indoor guide and service robots while maximizing its usability in cities by dramatically improving the platform's overall mobility," said the head of Hyundai's Robotics Lab, Dong Jin Hyun. "We are also looking ahead to assess how potential users of MobED will further expand their needs and use for this type of technology."

New Mobility Platform - MobED 'Infinite Possibilities' | Hyundai Motor Group

Each of its four wheels has three motors for precision independent steering, which allows the MobED to rotate on the spot, take tight corners or navigate a slalom-like course.

New Mobility Platform - MobED 'Limitless Movement' | Hyundai Motor Group

The height of the platform relative to the ground can also be adjusted on the fly, so that anything riding up top can stay on the level as the 12-inch wheels wrapped in pneumatic tires roll over uneven terrain or head up inclines.

New Mobility Platform - MobED 'Stabilizing' | Hyundai Motor Group

The wheelbase can extend to 65 cm (25.6 in) for stable high-speed motoring, or pull in to 45 cm (17.7 in) during low-speed maneuvers. And Hyundai has given it a top speed of 30 km/h (18.6 mph) and a per-charge operation time of about four hours thanks to its 2-kWh battery.

The MobED platform, which can be incorporated in manned or unmanned systems, will make its international debut at CES 2022 in January, where the Hyundai Motor Group will present its vision for future robotics. There's no mention of availability at this time.

Source: Hyundai

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Finally I can have my TV follow me around. If only I had a cordless TV.
Daishi
@Username Like a tablet?
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@Daishi, no, like the 55 inch one in the video.