back to article Hyundai to develop a Moon rover (to launch, not because the roads are so bad down here)

Hyundai Motor Group announced on Thursday that it has begun building a lunar exploration rover in partnership with major Korean research institutes, and hopes to launch it to the moon in 2027. “With the rover’s development, we are moving beyond land, sea and air mobility to expand into space mobility,” said Kim Yong-wha, head …

  1. b0llchit Silver badge

    ...what it takes to make a MoonMobile

    Well, a moon is floating in space so it is already mobile.

    I guess they are talking about making a moon mobile from its gravitational jacket. That, my friends, can be done by altering the gravitational constant of the universe and pull it into another orbit. Alternatively, you wrap a warp field around a moon and pull if your standard abilities do not include altering the gravitational constant of the universe.

    Say thanks to Q and NCC 1701 D

    1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge


      Just set up a chain of nuclear explosions to act as a motor, by creating a nuclear waste storage site on the far side of the moon & waiting.

      1. b0llchit Silver badge

        Re: Alternatively....

        Aren't we 24 years too late to do that?

        1. Spherical Cow Silver badge

          Re: Alternatively....

          Depends who's counting. For example: in the Indian national calendar it's currently 1945, in the Islamic calendar it's 1445, and in Japan it is currently the year 5 (and it won't ever reach 1999 unless there are some surprising advances in medical science because it resets each time they get a new Emporer).

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "we are moving beyond land, sea and air mobility"

    Um, I just checked Hyundai's website and I can't find any boats or planes in the All Vehicles list. There aren't even any drones.

    So, is Hyundai just skipping sea and air, or does it make boats and planes that I don't know of ?

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      Re: "we are moving beyond land, sea and air mobility"

      Are hyundai not one of those massive multi speciality companies that build everything, including huge ships?

  3. spold Silver badge

    The last think you need on the moon...

    Is some frkin' autonomous Johnny Cab trundling around. Warn the Clangers.

  4. AdmFubar

    but will aliens be able to steal them easily with handy usb port?

  5. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge


    I think it's sensible, if you are going to send vehicles to the moon or mars -- why not have a car company design it?

  6. TeeCee Gold badge

    Is there also a very similar Lunar Rover, rebadged as a Kia?

    Just asking...

  7. MachDiamond Silver badge

    FSD on the Moon?

    I think they are over complicating the rover by trying to implement autonomous driving. I can see having a way to remotely operate a rover, but there's likely more hazards on the surface than anybody will have thought of which makes it very difficult to train a self-driving system. It will have to rely on inertia navigation quite a lot until there is a lunar positioning satellite constellation.

    I'm a Huge, Huge fan of K.I.S.S. I'd say pick the top 3-4 options (sans the self-driving) and work to implement those first in consultation with whatever manned missions there are being planned. Chances are that after that there will be more follow-on missions and more opportunities to supply more rovers with enhanced capabilities, but getting the first one or two completely spot on is the best way to secure all of the contracts going forward. The simpler the design, the more likely the thing is going to work and work well.

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