Got a question? Get in touch.

Our helpful customer advisors are available to answer questions and give you the advice and information you need.

Close Find Us

Hyundai Motor Group has developed new Vest EXoskeleton (VEX), a wearable robot created to assist industrial workers who spend long hours working in overhead environments.

The VEX enhances productivity and reduces fatigue of industrial workers by imitating the movement of human joints to boost load support and mobility. The wearable vest the polycentric axis – combining multiple pivot points with multi-link muscular assistance – to function, eliminating the need for a battery.
At 2.5kg, VEX weighs 22-42% less than competing products and is worn like a backpack. The user places their arms through the shoulder straps of the vest, then fastens the chest and waist buckles. The back section can adjust in length by up to 18 cm to fit a variety of body sizes, while the degree of force assistance can be adjusted over six levels – up to as much as 5.5 kgf.
“VEX gives workers greater load support, mobility, and adaptability when operating in overhead environments.” stated DongJin Hyun, head of Robotics team of Hyundai Motor Group. “Workers will also appreciate how light VEX is to wear and work with.”
The newly-developed VEX is targeted at production-line workers whose job is primarily overhead, such as those bolting the underside of vehicles, fitting brake tubes, and attaching exhausts. The development of the VEX included a pilot program in two Hyundai Motor Group plants in the US. The trial was widely successful in assisting workers and boosting productivity and both plants incorporated VEX systems in their production lines. 
The Group is considering on implementing the VEX on plants around the world. It is expected to go into commercial production in December by Hyundai Rotem and is projected to cost as much as 30% lower than existing products which usually costs around 5,000 dollars.
Hyundai Motor Group commercializes Chairless EXoskeleton
As part of the Group’s plans to develop a diverse range of robotics technologies, another lightweight wearable device is soon to be commercialized. The ‘Chairless EXoskeleton’ (CEX) supports workers to maintain a sitting position without a stool or chair. At 1.6kg, it is light yet highly durable and able to withstand weights of up to 150kg.
The CEX’s waist, thigh, and knee belts can be easily fitted and adjusted to the user’s body size and height. It also features three different angle settings (85 / 70 / 55 degrees). By reducing the user’s back and lower body muscle activity by 40%, it reduces fatigue and improves efficiency.
The development of the VEX and CEX demonstrates Hyundai Motor Group’s steadfast commitment to the health and wellbeing of its industrial workers and its ongoing exploration of advanced robotics. 
The Group also plans to showcase diverse robotics technology, including a ‘Hotel Service Robot,’ ‘Sales Service Robot,’ ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Manipulator,’ and other ‘Robotic Personal Mobility’ solutions in the future. 
The future for wearable robotics 
According to the International Federation of Robotics, the wearable robotics industry is growing 14% annually, a rate which is accelerating. By 2021 approximately 630,000 commercial robots will be sold worldwide, with the greatest demand coming from the automotive sector. In 2017, 126,000 robots were supplied to the auto sector, making-up 33% of all commercial robots. 
Recognizing the market trend, Hyundai Motor Group is making active investments and strengthening its presence within the growing robotics industry by securing relevant technologies.

Go back to news

Valuation

What our Customers are saying

I'd definitely recommend Ancaster Nissan South Croydon to friends and family because the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

Mrs H | 16th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

Ancaster Nissan Bromley were helpful because they made me feel welcome and answered any questions I asked regarding the car I purchased.

Mr Brian Matthews | 16th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Bromley to a friend because the service was amazing and everyone was as helpful as eachother, ancaster as a group we’ve only had good things with and it didn’t change with you guys at Nissan! Thank you!

Mr Tom Lowton | 14th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

My experience at Ancaster Nissan Bromley was cracking because the staff were helpful, knowledgable, polite, efficient.

Mrs L | 13th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton were fantastic because they provide excellent service.

Mr Edwin Wiltshire | 11th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Slough because staff are friendly and explains product in more details. Ready to explain you again and again. Kieron Sumner the sales person who dealt with me was phenomenal. He is fast in dealing with and helps to make good decision in good time. Thank you Kieron Sumner for your legendary service.

Mr F | 11th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

I'd suggest Ancaster Hyundai Croydon to a friend because of maximum satisfaction

Mrs Yinka Adetogun | 11th September 2019

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

I was pleased with Ancaster Nissan Eltham and would recommend them because yhe guy Terry was very approachable,friendly,helpfull nothing was to much for him to help me understand al.the paperwork and help me with documentation that needed to be sorted.

Ms Isaac | 11th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Bromley to anyone because, the attention I received from my car salesman (Nathanial John) was excellent. He could not have done any more than he did, he was great, very likeable guy.

Mr David Laing | 10th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

I was pleased with Ancaster Fiat Catford and would recommend them because we are very happy with the Fiat 500 product. Catford Ancaster always have a good choice of cars available. We have bought there before and were quite happy to buy again. Tony was very friendly, knowledgeable and informative. We are very happy with the car we have bought and we will no doubt be back to purchase our third car!

Mrs Angela Fisher | 10th September 2019

Ancaster Fiat Catford

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Eltham to a friend because they listen to the customer. spent time and are patient. Because I have bought many cars from them in the past they know me well. I have my cars serviced there and they give excellent service and staff are wonderful.

Miss Jean Hollman | 10th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

The experience at Ancaster Fiat Catford was good because (reasons above)

Mr Jason Bush | 9th September 2019

Ancaster Fiat Catford

I'd recommend Ancaster Jeep Dartford to anyone because they are friendly, happy to help and accommodating - i was offered a drink straight away and a test drive without having to ask - overall amazing!

Mrs Lisa Collins | 8th September 2019

Ancaster Jeep Dartford

The experience at Ancaster Nissan South Croydon was great because of the attitude of the sales person that attended to me.

Mr Ola David | 8th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

My experience at Ancaster Fiat Dartford was cracking because Phil went that extra mile for us. To come out with a bought car on a 8 hour time scale as we had to drop our insurance hire car back the same day. Extremely satisfied

Mr Jason Jagai | 7th September 2019

Ancaster Fiat Dartford

Ancaster Nissan Bromley were really helpful and I'd recommend them because the staff are well informed and very understanding.

Mr Denis Lawrie | 6th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

The experience at Ancaster Hyundai Croydon was great because the sales person Sufism was very friendly, honest and not at all pushy. Everything was explained really well and this made the whole process really stress free and easy. I had two kids with me when I visited and the staff were amazingly accommodating and even looked after them when I went for a test drive. Could not fault Ancaster in any way! 100% happy with the service I received!

Mrs Mary Aitken | 6th September 2019

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

My experience at Ancaster Fiat Dartford was positive because of the friendly service and help in finding the car that I wanted . I am really pleased. Thank you so much.

Ms Geraldine Reed | 6th September 2019

Ancaster Fiat Dartford

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton were fantastic because the team are attentive, friendly and listen to your needs instead of just pushing a sale upon you like other dealerships that I have experienced before

Mr Mark Woolley | 6th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Slough because the very professional

Mrs Elizabeth Hodges | 6th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

I'd definitely recommend Ancaster Nissan Shepperton to friends and family because the whole experience was great. No hard sell, lots of information given in easy to understand terms. I would wholeheartedly recommend them.

Mrs Jo Eade | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I was pleased with Ancaster Nissan Slough and would recommend them because professional very helpful offer good deals

Ms Irene Lanting | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

I was pleased with Ancaster Nissan Bromley and would recommend them because they made me feel welcome and were very friendly & professional at their job

Mr Brian Matthews | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

I would recommend Ancaster Nissan Eltham to friends and family because of the friendly and informative attention I received from the salesman.

Mr R | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Bromley because all the staff have continued to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We have bought our last 2 vehicles through Bromley Nissan Ancaster and been very pleased with them and the service provided.

Mr Leigh Montgomery | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon were helpful from the start I made contacted about a Nissan car and the service was clear. It all took one week from start to finish to collecting my car. All staff where professional and friendly. In fact I will be booking my MOT with Ancaster Nissan South Croydon. A very happy customer thank you Ancaster South Croydon.

Miss Sandra Phillips | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Shepperton to anyone because the service I received was fantastic I am over the moon with my new car and Paul could not have been more helpful if he tried .

Mrs Christine Francis | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

Ancaster Nissan Slough were helpful because all the staff I met were friendly and efficient.

Mrs Kathleen Eardley-Wilmot | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

Ancaster Nissan Slough were fantastic because all the staff were very attentive & helpful.

Mrs Christine Anne Ruff | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

Ancaster Jeep Dartford were very efficient and accommodating

Mr Gary B | 5th September 2019

Ancaster Jeep Dartford

View all testimonials

Our Locations

As one of the largest and longest established dealer groups in the South East, Ancaster offer great deals on used cars, new cars, car servicing and motability cars in 13 dealerships at 9 different locations of modern, fully equipped, dealerships in Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Dartford, Penge, Shepperton, Slough and Welling. Find your nearest dealership by entering your postcode below.

Go