Toyota sets it's sights on the moon!
- Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency agree to join hands to challenge the traditional limitations of space exploration
- Agree to accelerate the development of a manned, pressurised surface exploration rover which will utilise Toyota's fuel cell vehicle technologies to deliver a range in excess of 10,000km
- Initial focus on the moon with Mars exploration set as a future goal
For decades, Toyota has been known throughout the world as a renowned innovator, consistently challenging the status quo by doing things that others dare not attempt, all while delivering quality, durability, and reliability throughout their range. In 2019, the company seeks to maintain that reputation with the announcement today of their intentions to accelerate the development of an autonomous, manned and pressurised rover capable of traversing the universe in partnership with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Reminiscent of the Chariot from the Netflix remake of Lost in Space, Toyota's rover measures in at a length of 6 metres, a width of 5.2 metres and a height of 3.8 metres and will be capable of exploring over 10,000km of the moon's surface by utilising the manufacturer's leading fuel cell vehicle technologies. It will also feature the ability to carry 2 passengers (4 in the event of an emergency) in comfort without the need to wear spacesuits once inside thanks to a pressurisation system designed to maximise occupant comfort and mobility while no doubt delivering the rugged dependability that is synonymous to the Toyota badge both in Australia and across the globe.
Source: Lost in Space (2018), Netflix
During today's announcement, Toyota President Akio Toyoda had this to say about JAXA and Toyota's new agreement: “The automotive industry has long done business with the concepts of ‘hometown’ and ‘home country’ largely in mind. However, from now on, in responding to such matters as environmental issues of global scale, the concept of ‘home planet,’ from which all of us come, will become a very important concept. Going beyond the frameworks of countries or regions, I believe that our industry, which is constantly thinking about the role it should fulfil, shares the same aspirations of international space exploration. Furthermore, cars are used in all of Earth’s regions, and, in some regions, cars play active roles as partners for making sure that people come back alive. And I think that coming back alive is exactly what is needed in this project. 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.”
While early days for this project and a target date of 2029, this will definitely be a project to keep an eye on.