Nissan Ariya shared technology with the lunar rover

Nissan Ariya shared technology with the lunar rover

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Since January 2020, Nissan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have been working to adapt automotive technology to lunar rovers. In particular, we are talking about the engine control system and the e-4ORCE all-wheel drive, which ensures a predictable balance of traction regardless of road conditions. How all this will work on the rover, the manufacturer showed in a short video.

The e-4ORCE system debuted on a prototype all-wheel drive Nissan Leaf in the fall of 2019, and the Ariya electric crossover was the first production vehicle to feature this technology. The essence of the e-4ORCE is precise control of torque and braking force at each wheel, which in general should provide the necessary balance of traction in difficult driving conditions: on snow, ice or rain.

Nissan has now adapted this technology to a lunar rover prototype built in conjunction with JAXA. Thanks to the precise dosage of torque, when the e-4ORCE system is active, the rover wheels do not bury on loose surfaces, and it can continue to move, while using less energy. JAXA intends to use the results of this research in future space missions, and Nissan hopes to contribute in this way to the evolution of automotive technology.

In addition to Nissan, Toyota and Honda are involved in JAXA projects. The first one is also involved in the construction of a lunar rover, which is going to be sent to the Earth’s satellite in 2030.

But Honda has more ambitious plans: the company is developing robotic avatars and hydrogen production plants for lunar bases.

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