As part of the annual ‘R&D IDEA’ Festival, employees from Hyundai and sister company Kia are given a chance to design and build something more from the imagination than a design brief.
This year’s theme was “making a better future”, and it produced everything from a rolling step ladder to a ride-on carpet sweeping and ‘pea pod’ cars.
Ten concepts were on display at the Festival, which was held at Hyundai’s Namyang Technology Research Centre.
Four of those concepts were declared winners, including the Carry U electric scooter / luggage ‘system’, designed to travel short distances in tight spaces.
The Golden Time Rescue concept was also commended, as a go-anywhere rescue vehicle with flexible, airless wheels and tyres.
Length And Width is arguably inspired by Transformers, with the ability to vary its stance as it manoeuvres through narrow spaces while the Hyundai Car-Meleon is another transforming concept that can be a sedan, truck or an SUV - thanks in part to its ‘cloth-wrap’ exterior.
2014 was the Festival’s fifth year, and led to 60 patent applications.