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Hyundai to combine mobility with robotics and virtual reality

Hyundai has unveiled its transport vision of the future with the ambition to combine robotics and virtual reality with mobility services.

The car maker unveiled its 'Metamobility' vision at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. It believes robotics is an essential part of its transformation into a smart mobility provider.

The Korean vehicle manufacturer has the goal of pioneering a smart device-metaverse connection that will “expand the role of mobility to virtual reality”.

The company envisions that the distinctions between future mobilities will be blurred through the further development of robotics technology, such as AI and autonomous driving.

Hyundai expects that cars will serve as smart devices to access virtual spaces, like meeting rooms, while robotics will act as a medium to connect the virtual and real worlds.

This metaverse-robot connection will allow the user to guide a robot in the real world, remotely.

Hyundai Motor Group president and head of transportation-as-a-service division Chang Song explained: “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 also revealed its Plug & Drive (PnD) and Drive & Lift (DnL) modular platforms.

These concepts are designed to enable traditionally inanimate things, from small objects to community spaces, to move autonomously.

A number of robots based on the platform are on display at CES, including public transportation and commercial delivery vehicles.

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