Hyundai wants the real world and the metaverse to meet.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, Hyundai will share its vision to pioneer robotics in the real world and the metaverse. Hyundai also says its new robotics business will go beyond the traditional means of transportation to fulfill unlimited freedom of movement for humankind.
Hyundai thinks the metaverse will play a significant role in the future. It has a point, especially considering the whole world is slowly recovering from a pandemic that showed us how pointless in-person meetings could be.
But Hyundai says there can be a crossover between the two worlds thanks to its robotics. And not the kind of awkward Power Ranger-like robots Elon Musk wants to sell.
To demonstrate, it uses a basic example. Let's say a person is away from home and they miss their family. They can enter the metaverse and experience home via a robot avatar.
This tech can also take it a step further. Imagine an intelligent factory that requires repair work that only an expert halfway around the world can do. Instead of putting said expert on a 12-hour flight, they can access the factory floor via an avatar.
"At Hyundai, we are harnessing the power of robotics to achieve great things. We envision future mobility solutions made possible by advanced robotics - even expanding our mobility solutions to Metamobility," said Euisun Chung, the Group's Executive Chair, during his presentation. "This vision will enable unlimited freedom of movement and progress for humanity."
Accessing the metaverse will no longer be a difficult task. Hyundai says that a car's interior can be adapted for various tasks.
In addition to being an ordinary pragmatic interior where you sit as you drive along, the space can also be transformed into an entertainment space or a meeting room for work. This would work particularly well in high-end Genesis models like the G90. You can recline back and get through a couple of meetings on the way home.
Hyundai says these transformations are possible "through robotics and digital twin technology, a virtual representation of a physical object, place or process that will be made possible by further advancements in sensors and actuators."