General Motors launches car rental service… to the Moon

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GM and Lockheed Martin are working on a variety of Lunar Mobility Vehicles (GM)

General Motors seeks to make rental cars that are truly out of this world.

The automaker has partnered with Lockheed Martin to develop a line of lunar mobility vehicles that will transport manned missions visiting the Moon.

The collaboration aims to prepare the vehicles before the first manned lunar missions of the 21st century, which are currently planned for 2025.

The vehicles are designed with self-driving capability and platforms capable of transporting humans or material around the lunar surface.

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Solar-powered vehicles can accommodate humans or machines. (GM)

The project is moving forward independently of NASA’s Artemis program and is expected to proceed without any government contracts to support it.

GM is using the same “driver-in-the-loop” simulator it used in the development of the GMC Hummer EVwhich halved its time to market to two years.

The system was programmed with a reconstruction of a section of the Moon’s surface and tuned to one-sixth of Earth’s gravity.

“The things you would do to make a vehicle good in an off-road environment on Earth are the same things you would do on the Moon, it’s just a change in the numbers,” said Jeff Vogt, GM Advanced Vehicle Senior Dynamics Engineer.

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A platform equipped with a thruster could potentially reposition vehicles on the lunar surface. (GM)

A GM spokesperson says FOX Business the idea is that the vehicles will be sent to the moon before the mission and then made available to all government-led expeditions visiting the moon, from the United States or other countries.

The vehicles will be recharged with solar energy and are designed with easy maintenance which should give them a lifespan of around 10 years.

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