Under the concept of "Metamobility," Hyundai robots would mirror actions taken in the metaverse by moving objects in the real world. For example, when someone in the metaverse moves an object in the virtual space, it can also move within a physical space using robots and specialized software.
"When a user accesses a digital twin of their home in the metaverse while away from their physical home, they will be able to feed and hug a pet in Korea through the use of an avatar robot," the company said. "This will allow users to enjoy real-world experiences through VR."
The Korean automaker showcased its Plug&Drive (PnD) and Drive&Lift (DnL) modular platforms that allow for autonomous movement of objects and people. The platforms can scale from one module to multiple units to take on small tasks or big ones.
Hyundai said the platforms are part of the "Mobility of Things (MoT) ecosystem, wherein traditionally inanimate things, from small objects to community spaces, will gain mobility using the company's robotics technologies."
Potential applications include providing freedom of movement for people with disabilities, automated logistics, reconfigurable interior space and public transportation with individual compartments for social distancing and last-mile mobility, the company said.
Hyundai Motor also showed the MobED droid, a small mobility platform that uses the DnL module. With one module on each wheel, the MobED can lift the platform up and down, keeping the body of the vehicle level on uneven terrain or across speed bumps, Hyundai said.