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ByLance T. Lee

Jul 30, 2022

Hyundai Motor and Kia, who pioneered the endless possibilities of expanding mobility through innovative technologies such as robotics and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), are now extending their vision beyond the boundaries of the Earth. and in space.

Hyundai and Kia have signed joint research agreements with six Korean research institutes and formed an advisory body to develop mobility solutions for exploring the lunar surface. The announcement follows Korea’s successful launch of a locally produced rocket in June.

“We have taken the first step towards transforming our vision of robotics and the concept of metamobility into reality,” said Yong Wha Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Planning and Coordination Center at Hyundai Motor and Kia. “We will expand the scope of human movement experience beyond traditional means of transportation and beyond the boundaries of the Earth to further contribute to the progress of mankind and help create a better future.”

The signing ceremony held in Korea was attended by Chung Kook Park, President and Head of R&D Division of Hyundai Motor and Kia, as well as senior officials from the six research institutes: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI); Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI); Korea Institute of Astronomy and Space Science (KASI); Korea Institute of Automotive Technology (KATECH); Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT); and Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).

With collaboration expected to begin as early as August, the advisory body will define the concept of lunar exploration mobility and key core technologies while developing and reviewing specific strategies and implementation measures for operating on the moon. Hyundai Motor and Kia will support the advisory body with their smart mobility technologies.

The private and government sectors will integrate their knowledge and capabilities to advance their existing technologies and design new solutions for lunar exploration mobility. Expertise will be provided to support exploration equipment, mobility operating software and remote communication functionality.

With no air, extreme temperatures, countless craters, and layers of lunar dust made up of sharp and abrasive particles, the moon’s surface is an exceptionally harsh environment. It poses significant challenges to the development of surface exploration mobility, provides the ultimate testing ground and will provide invaluable lessons for Hyundai and Kia to accelerate the delivery of smart and sustainable mobility solutions on land.

Hyundai and Kia have formed an advisory body for the development and operation of mobility on the lunar surface. Resources will be provided to support Hyundai and Kia’s robotics lab in charge of robot development. Hyundai and Kia will also collaborate on software and hardware design and interpretation, space environment response technology and special equipment to conduct lunar exploration missions.

The development of mobility to explore the surface of the moon represents a defining moment in the history of Hyundai Motor and Kia that extends their vision of future mobility, including robotics and AAM, to areas beyond Earth. Hyundai and Kia expect to secure proprietary technologies for future mobility ventures as part of the new development of lunar exploration mobility robotics.

In January, Hyundai Motor announced its robotic vision of “Metamobilty” to help overcome movement limitations at CES 2022, which featured video of the Boston Dynamics robot, codenamed “SPOT,” exploring outer space.


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