Hyundai and Kia team up on a Moon rover project
The two leading South Korean automaking companies will unite efforts with local research institutes to design and build a capable Moon exploration vehicle. As it often happens in the car industry as well, the launch date was not announced.
The experts will start by conceptualizing the project and determining the technologies required for its implementation. A team of automotive engineers will consult scientists on the matters of applied mobility.
In addition to this, the corporation will handle the hardware and software. A special system will be designed to let the rover be aware of its surroundings and any forces exerted on it from the outside.
Challenging environment is perhaps the biggest issue with Moon exploration. The satellite lacks atmosphere, suffers from acute temperature variations and is covered with dangerous abrasive dust.
The companies hope to utilize the experience received from such a mission to develop better ground transports, especially exotics like Hyundai’s walking robot (shown here). The company has a whole division working on that project after purchasing Boston Dynamics.
Editor Andrew Raspopov
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