Hyundai and Kia are going to the moon. The sister automotive companies, who pioneered technologies such as robotics and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), are expanding their vision beyond the bounds of Earth into space.
Hyundai and Kia have signed agreements with six Korean research institutes and formed a consultative body to develop mobility solutions to explore the surface of the moon.
The announcement follows Korea’s successful launch of a domestically produced rocket in June. The launch made South Korea the world’s 10th nation to place a satellite in space with its own technology, though it hasn’t stated when it plans to go to the moon.
“We have taken the first step towards transforming our vision for robotics and the concept of Metamobility into reality,” said Yong Wha Kim, executive vice-president and head of the R&D planning & co-ordination centre of Hyundai and Kia.