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Hyundai Motor Group is actively engaged in developing advanced materials
as well as future automobiles to realize innovative growth.

Wearable Robot, Making a Robot That You Can Put on

The future mobility envisioned by Hyundai Motor Group is not limited to automobiles.
Based on the idea that the most basic unit of mobility is the footstep of a person, not a 2000kg vehicle,
we want to give people who have difficulties in traveling around a future with freedom of travel using our robot technology.
H-LEX:Walking-support robot for those with difficulties in walking. H-MEX:Medical robot for those whose lower limbs are paralyzed

Wearable robots are highly useful in supplementing our abilities in our daily life. That is, if you use a wearable robot, you can help a person with a handicap in the legs travel freely like any normal person. Also, the workers who have to handle heavy loads can gain relief from the strain in their lower back by using a low-back supplementation wearable robot.

To realize wearable robots for such applications, it is imperative that the wearer should feel the robot as if it is a comfortable and natural extension of his/her own body. This is what we call HRI, or Human-Robot Interaction. It is the technology to have the robot detect our decisions and intentions using sensors in real-time and control the movement of robot itself based on such information.

Hyundai Motor Group started its project to develop “Industrial Muscle-Power Enhancement Robots,” (which was a government-funded project in 2010) and secured the core technology for building its own wearable robots in 2015. The company is also dedicated to developing the robot technologies for soldiers in the future.
In addition, the company is engaged in other development projects for different types of wearable robots for industrial and medical applications, etc.

Key Tech

  • Developed the wearable robot with the world's highest walking performance (2016, HUMA)

    • The first-ever robot to apply ergonomic poly-centric joints.
    • Realized a dynamic walking performance using the dual-axis mechanism to minimize the inertia in the legs of the robots.
    • Optimized the impedance control, which supports high-speed walking and climbing up/down stairs.
  • Heavy-Load Handling Fullbody Wearable Robot (2014, HWR)

    • Can handle up to 80kg using a hydraulic driving mechanism on both arms.
    • Handled-load weight measurement and posture stabilization algorithm.
    • Arms-synchronization movement control.
  • Modular Wearable Robot for Enhancement of Repeated Works (HWEX)

    • Designed to be easily worn by a worker in the industrial field to help lift or transport loads.
    • It allows for repetitive tasks to be carried out while reducing the impact on the lumbar region by providing support and assistance. So it can improve productivity and prevent muscular skeletal diseases.

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