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Hyundai Presents Fresh Ideas on Future Mobility

Hyundai E4U image

As urban environments continue to grow and become more impacted, automakers are considering new ways for people to move from one place to another. At the recent Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai was among the latest automakers to explore what might become the future of personal urban mobility.

Hyundai’s E4U is an egg-shaped, Segway-like vehicle that’s just big enough for one. It’s all-electric and can reach speeds of nearly 20 miles per hour. Power comes from a 24V battery attached to a 500W electric motor.

Hyundai E4U imageLike a Segway, it’s able to be controlled with subtle tilting and pivoting. The 180-pound vehicle rides on semispherical balls and the driver must tilt the egg to move in a particular direction. 
Even though it’s intended to be driven a low speeds, the E4U’s egg-shaped design was intended to improve aerodynamics.

There’s no word yet on whether Hyundai has any plans to put this into production–chances are we won’t be seeing these things buzzing around anytime soon. But, it’s yet another indicator that personal urban mobility is increasingly to automakers. Take a closer look at this quirky vehicle in action below.

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