Future Hyundai EVs Will Feature Deployable Hoverboards

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This is utterly genius.

Nowadays, car companies are more than just car companies - they're mobility companies. With the advent of dedicated EV platforms, we're seeing these scalable skateboard architectures used for everything from cars and SUVs to delivery vans. Volvo has even invented mobile EV delivery scooters.

CarBuzz has now discovered what Hyundai plans to do with future EVs, creating a world where you never have to walk anywhere and where all mobility is done on one set of wheels or another. Patent documents published this week showcase a docking station hidden in the rear bumper of a motor vehicle wherein electric personal mobility devices, the kind commonly referred to as hoverboards, can be docked and charged while you drive before being used after you park.

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The concept is simple; when accessing urban areas, you park your car in a typical car park - although considering this is tech for the future, we'd imagine your car autonomously parks for you. Thereafter, the rear bumper opens up, your hoverboard deploys, and you travel the last mile or so on your journey on that instead of walking. It fits into the vision of the future where urban centers are kept car-free, reducing pollution as well as the risk of accidents in crowded city centers. You could always walk, but in the age where everything is becoming digital, why walk when you can have an e-scooter of sorts do the hard work for you?

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The Hyundai shown in the patent sketches is not a current production model, but the split taillights are reminiscent of Genesis GV60. The lower portion of the rear bumper folds down to create a ramp, while within the bumper are two cutouts so you and a passenger can have access to the hoverboards. The patent also describes various types of mobility scooters that could be used, including one with a rod built into the body akin to a Segway scooter, or another four-wheeled basket that could carry your shopping for you. The mobility devices would contain a GPS device, too, enabling the door to open automatically when you approach the car. The patent also describes a remote controller, to be used for the mobile shopping cart, etc.

The future of mobility might be lazy, but if technology like this becomes available, the cinematic future we've all been shown seems like it could become a reality.

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