Kia and Hyundai, who have jointly pioneered robotics and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), are now focusing on space. The brands have signed an agreement and formed a consulting board with six Korean research institutes to develop mobility solutions that can explore the surface of the moon.
“With this collaboration, we are taking the first step towards turning our vision of robotics and the concept of Metamobility into reality,” said Yong Wha Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Planning & Coordination Center at Kia and Hyundai. “We are going beyond the borders of the Earth with this initiative to further contribute to the development of humanity and create a better future.”
The global agreement marks an important moment in Kia and Hyundai’s history, where a shared vision of future mobility, including robotics and AAMnow also used in space.
The signing ceremony in Korea was attended by Chung Kook Park, President and Head of R&D Division of Hyundai and Kia, and the management of six research institutes: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI); Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI); Korea Institute of Astronomical and Space Sciences (KASI); Korea Institute of Automotive Technology (KATECH); Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology (KICT); and Electronics and Communication Research Institute (ETRI).
Parties from the private and public sectors will share their knowledge and integrate capabilities to significantly improve existing technologies and develop new solutions for lunar exploration mobility. The expertise will be used in many areas, including intelligence equipment, mobility management software and remote communication technology.
Kia and Hyundai are supporting the project with knowledge and tools Robotics Lab which is responsible for the development of robots. The two brands will also collaborate on developing software and hardware suitable for spaceflight and lunar exploration missions.
The lunar landscape is a very harsh environment, with no air and very hot, lunar dust and many volcanoes. This final proving ground will provide Kia and Hyundai with valuable information that can help develop smart and sustainable mobility solutions for the world.