Hyundai Announces Lunar Rover Prototype Based On UMV Technology


April 20, 2023

Hyundai Announces Lunar Rover Prototype Based On UMV Technology

Hyundai Motor has announced its latest project in the aerospace sector – the development of a lunar rover for use in future moon exploration. The project, in collaboration with six Korean aerospace research institutes, aims to complete an initial test unit by the second half of 2024, followed by a full launch model in 2027.

This ongoing work is based on Sundberg-Ferar’s UMV (Ultimate Mobility Vehicle) technology developed in partnership with Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio. Consistent with Sundberg-Ferar’s proof-of-concept robotic vehicle, the lower half of the lunar rover will be comprised of Hyundai’s components, while the upper half will have scientific payloads for surface explorations. The solar-powered, autonomous mobility unit will weigh approximately 155 pounds and is expected to be landed near the south pole section of the moon. Hyundai’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics in 2021 also highlights the automaker’s heavy investment in robotics in recent years. The lunar rover project aligns with the automaker’s long-term goal of contributing to expanding human reach and the scope of human mobility experience.

Sundberg-Ferar is proud to contribute its expertise in human-centered robotics and mobility design and innovation to Hyundai’s work at the frontier of human mobility experience.

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