Toyota lunar rover concept is out of this world

Toyota Is In the Plan to Make a Moon Rover

However, Toyota claims that the Moon Rover will able to fit four people in case of an emergency.

The Japanese carmaker and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) hope the vehicle will be included in a mission to the moon between 2029 and 2034, according to Kyodo news agency.

"I believe that our industry, which is constantly thinking about the role it should fulfill, shares the same aspirations of worldwide space exploration", Toyoda said.

The rover would be able to travel more than 10,000 km on the moon, letting Japan's astronauts explore the lunar surface.

Toyota is an off-road specialist brand that manufactures and sells more 4x4 vehicles globally than any other auto company, so it was the logical choice for the new moon rover, or should we say "Moon Cruiser".

At JAXA, we are pursuing worldwide coordination and technological studies toward Japan's participation in global space exploration. Such a form of mobility is deemed necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface.

The agreement is meant to promote Japanese technological knowhow. "I am extremely happy that, for this project, expectations have been placed on the thus-far developed durability and driving performance of Toyota vehicles and on our fuel cell environmental technologies".

The rover is projected to be launched in 2029. And I think that coming back alive is exactly what is needed in this project.

The rover "will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s", JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata told a symposium in Tokyo.

The original manned moon rover was the Boeing LRV (Lunar Roving Vehicle), which was used during the Apollo space missions in the early 1970s.

JAXA, which succeeded in February in having the Hayabusa2 probe touch down on a distant asteroid, is now focusing on using the technology to achieve a controlled touchdown on the Moon's surface.

The concept in the above video shows a six-wheeled vehicle that pays tribute to Toyota's Land Cruiser heritage, with a pair of round headlights at the front which are surrounded by an elongated version of the old Land Cruiser's grille bezel with TOYOTA lettering.

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