Toyota wants to put a lunar vehicle on the moon by 2029
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is teaming up with Toyota to build a six-wheeled self-driving transporter that can carry two humans for a distance of about 10 thousand kilometers. They’re aiming to land a vehicle on the moon in 2029.
Toyota’s fuel-cell technology will power the rover, which will be big enough for two astronauts. They’ll be able to live in the vehicle as they explore the lunar surface.
«It’s an extremely challenging project, and we have high hopes for Toyota’s technology» said Koichi Wakata, an astronaut who has flown in NASA’s Space Shuttle and served as the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station.
The lunar rover will use solar arrays and fuel cells to generate and store power. It will land on the moon before a human expedition arrives, and drive on its own to meet arriving astronauts.