Lockheed Martin, GM Developing Autonomous Lunar Rover

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Only a smart % of the Moon’s surface has been explored by us. In order to explore the rest of it, more advanced rovers are needed. Lockheed Martin and General Motors have teamed up to design the next generation of lunar rovers. They will be able to move astronauts across longer distances. As they explain:
Not only will these vehicles be well-equipped to go the distance, they will also be driver optional. Autonomous, self-driving systems would enable the vehicle to operate with or without humans onboard… A Lockheed Martin-GM rover would be able to preposition itself autonomously near a landing site prior to the astronauts’ arrival, and astronauts would have the ability to task the rover from the Human Landing System or the orbiting lunar Gateway to conduct science operations without a driver.

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