General Motors is trying to make rental cars that are really out of this world.
The automaker has teamed up with Lockheed Martin to develop a line of Lunar Mobility Vehicles that will provide transportation for manned missions to the moon.
The purpose of this collaboration is to prepare vehicles for the first manned lunar mission of the 21st century, which is currently ready for 2025.
The vehicles are being designed with autonomous driving capabilities and platforms that can carry humans or handle gear around the moon’s surface.
The project is proceeding independently of NASA’s Artemis program and is to proceed without any government agreement to support it.
GM is using the same “driver-in-the-loop” simulator it used in the development of the GMC Hummer EV, which halved the market time to two years.
The system is programmed with the entertainment of one part of the moon’s surface and is set at one sixth of the earth’s gravity.
Jeff Vogt, lead engineer at GM Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, said: “The only things you will do on the moon are the things you will do on Earth to improve the vehicle in the off-road environment, it’s just a change in numbers.” .
A GM spokesman told FOX Business that the idea is that the vehicles will be sent to the moon before the mission, then will be available on lease for any government-led missions to the moon, whether in the United States or elsewhere. Be from countries
The vehicles will be recharged with solar energy and are being engineered with easy maintenance, which means they should be around 10 years old.