Toyota is creating a crewed lunar rover for Japan's space agency

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"Having Toyota join us in the challenge of worldwide space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence", Hiroshi Yamakawa, JAXA's president, said in the release.

"Fuel cells, which use clean power-generation methods, emit only water, and, due to their high energy density, they can provide a lot of energy, making them especially suited for the project being discussed with JAXA", Terashi says, adding that the this type of vehicles emit lower amounts of harmful substances.

Toyota has revealed the first look at the solar-powered autonomous rover it could soon send to the moon.

Toyota, with the help of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), intends to allow two astronauts to go for an extended joy ride on the Moon 10 years from now.

The concept in the above video shows a six-wheeled vehicle that pays tribute to Toyota's Land Cruiser heritage, with a pair of round headlights at the front which are surrounded by an elongated version of the old Land Cruiser's grille bezel with TOYOTA lettering. However, unlike modern electric vehicles, Toyota claims the Moon Rover will be able to cover more than 10,000 kilometres of the Lunar surface on a single charge.

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The agreement is meant to promote Japanese technological knowhow.

"Manned rovers with pressurised cabins are an element that will play an important role in fully fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface", he said.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) have announced that they will be studying the possibility of a collaboration on global space exploration. And I think that coming back alive is exactly what is needed in this project.

Under the plan, the rover, deployed from the Gateway, will travel on the moon's surface close to the south pole for five explorations between 2029 and 2034. For this, we would like to concentrate our country's technological abilities and conduct technological studies. "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". The company has been studying the possibility of making the rover since last summer, but it signed a new agreement this week to accelerate the project with JAXA, Japan's space agency.

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