Kia and Hyundai are teaming up to create a lunar robot

Kia and Hyundai are teaming up to create a lunar robot


On July 27, 2022, Hyundai and Kia signed several research agreements with each other, but also with six Korean research institutes with the aim of developing mobility solutions that facilitate exploring the surface of the Moon. This agreement is the first step towards achieving the vision of virtual robots that the two companies have set for themselves, called ” Expanding Human Access “.

Towards the development of a fixed mobility solution for lunar surface exploration

By the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Korea Institute of Automotive Technology (KATECH), Institute Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology (KICT), and Electronics and Communication Research Institute (ETRI), Kia, and Hyundai have signed a research agreement to create high-performance mobility solutions for South Koreans to explore the face of month.

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The agreement comes just weeks after the successful launch of a Korean rocket, as part of Korea’s national space program. The next step will be to ensure that the device can move on the surface of the moon. This environment, consisting mostly of regolith, is particularly hostile, due to the absence of air, extreme temperatures, and the many holes scattered on natural satellites. So these difficult situations call for the development of a dedicated mobility solution: the lunar robot.

An advisory body has been created for the event: it is made up of employees from all institutions and companies involved in the project.

Managers and directors of each institution and company involved in the project show their signed agreement.

Each research institute, including the Kia/Hyundai agreement sent a representative to sign the agreement to build a lunar robot for South Korea’s space program. Photography: Hyundai.

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Starting in August 2022, this instrument will define the concept of lunar probe mobility as well as the technologies that will be used to develop future mobility solutions. Different design strategies will be studied so that these robots can perform various activities on the Moon.

Hyundai and Kia will offer their smart mobility technologies as well as their joint robotics lab that will pool its resources for the event. The two companies will help design the software and materials that will be embedded in these mobility solutions, develop technology to adapt to the space environment, and develop special equipment to carry out lunar exploration missions.

We have taken the first step towards realizing our vision of robotics with our concept of Metamobility. We want to expand the reach of the human experience of mobility beyond traditional means of transportation and beyond the Earth’s borders to contribute even more to human development and the creation of a better future. said Yong Wha Kim, executive vice president and director of Hyundai and Kia’s R&D planning and coordination center, in information.

At the same time, Hyundai continues to invest heavily in building electric and hydrogen vehicles or in recycling its old car parts into home appliances. It will soon spend nearly 10 billion dollars to settle in the State of Georgia, in the United States, and thus develop its production of mobility solutions in the country.