Kia and Hyundai, who jointly pioneered robotics and advanced air mobility (AAM), are focusing on space. The brands signed agreements and formed an advisory body with six Korean research institutes to develop mobility solutions that can explore the lunar surface.
“Through this partnership, we are taking the first step toward turning our vision for robotics and the Metamobility concept into reality,” said Young Wha Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development Planning and Coordination Center for Kia and Hyundai. “We are transcending the limits of the earth with this initiative to further contribute to the progress of mankind and create a better future.”
The multilateral agreement represents a groundbreaking moment in the history of Kia and Hyundai, incorporating a shared vision for future mobility Robots and AAMis now also applied in space.
The signing ceremony in Korea was attended by Chung Kook Park, Head of Research and Development Department of Hyundai and Kia, and management of the six research institutes: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI); Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI); Korea Institute of Astronomy and Space Sciences (KASI); Korea Institute of Automotive Technology (KATECH); Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT); and the Electronics and Communications Research Institute (ETRI).
Parties from the public and private sectors will share their knowledge and integrate capabilities to significantly improve existing technologies and develop new solutions for lunar reconnaissance navigation. Experience will be applied in many areas, including Reconnaissance equipment, mobility software and telecommunication technology.
Kia and Hyundai support the project with knowledge and tools robotics lab He is responsible for developing robots. The two brands will also collaborate in developing software and hardware suitable for space operations and lunar reconnaissance missions.
The lunar landscape is an exceptionally harsh environment, with no air and extreme temperatures, lunar dust and many craters. This final test ground will provide Kia and Hyundai with invaluable information that can help develop smart and sustainable mobility solutions on the ground.
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