CES is approaching when automotive companies announce weird robots. A good example is Hyundai’s MobED (short for Mobile Eccentric Droid), a four-wheeled robot designed to carry your stuff.
The MobED is basically a large tray with wheels attached. Hyundai says it has an adjustable wheelbase and flexible steering angle, which means it can get around without losing its cargo in complex situations or while riding over uneven terrain. The vehicle has three motors and can reach speeds of up to 30 km/h. It measures 67 cm long, 60 cm wide, and 33 cm high, and weighs 50 kg. Hyundai reports that the robot’s wheelbase can expand to 65 cm for maximum stability when it is going fast and scale down to 45 cm for maneuvers in complex environments at low speeds.
Other specs of note include 12-inch pneumatic tires, and a battery capacity of 2 kWh, which is good for around 4 hours of driving on a single charge.
Therefore, the MobED is able to carry anything, but Hyundai’s example of what it could be used for is pretty funny. For instance, the robot is carrying a pyramid of cocktail glasses. Another shows it carrying a baby stroller, and the most realistic one shows it carrying a digital screen, which could be useful at airports, museums, galleries, sports venues, and similar places.
Next year, Hyundai will showcase the MobED at its booth at CES, which begins on Jan. 5, 2022, in Las Vegas.