CES is one of the most distinguished global platforms to share and shape the future of innovation. Hyundai motors took center stage in CES 2022 with the concept of pioneering the use of robotics in both the natural world and metaverse. Under the central theme of ‘Expanding Human Reach’, Hyundai Motors presents how the company’s robotics business will drive the paradigm shift towards future mobility, going beyond the traditional means of transportation to fulfill unlimited freedom of movement for humankind.
Hyundai Motors acquired Boston Dynamics from Softbank in December 2020, which helped them transform into a smart mobility solution provider. Currently, the company is focusing on advancing its robotics facilities to enhance people’s lives through a range of mobility solutions. The company believes robotics and mobility will form a synergistic combination that will add value to the business and drive progress for humanity.
Hyundai Motor also shared its vision that robots will act as a medium between the real world and virtual spaces, enabling users to change the metaverse to be reflected in reality. With the concept ‘Metamobility’, they are planning to develop an intelligent device that will expand the role of mobility to virtual reality (VR), ultimately allowing people to overcome the physical limitations of movement in time and space. The company envisions developing its robotics technology that will cater to autonomous driving and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) demands. The auto-manufacturer also expects mobilities, such as automobiles and UAM, will serve as innovative tools to access virtual spaces. At the same time, robotics will act as a medium to connect the virtual and real worlds.
Euisun Chung, the Group’s Executive Chair, during his presentation said that “At Hyundai, we are harnessing the power of robotics to achieve great things. We envision future mobility solutions made possible by advanced robotics — even expanding our mobility solutions to Metamobility “.
The metaverse-robot connection will allow the user to guide a robot for manufacturing and plant management by enabling remote specialists to connect to all machines and assets within the factory and perform remote tasks through a direct physical connection.
Hyundai Motor Group President and Head of Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) Division Chang Song further added that “The idea behind Metamobility is that space, time and distance will all become irrelevant. By connecting robots to the metaverse, we will be able to move freely between both the real world and virtual reality.”
Hyundai Motors also introduced its Plug and Drive (PnD) and Drive and Lift (DnL) modular platforms as all-in-one solutions for its unlimited Mobility of Things (MoT) ecosystem. They also exhibited the MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid) small mobility platform that uses the DnL module to easily overcome uneven surfaces, bad terrains, and speed bumps.
“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. 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.”, said Dong-Jin Hyun, Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab.