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NASA Develops Remote Driving Electric Vehicle

published: 2015-04-17 11:53

In partnership with the car industry, NASA developed new Modular Robotic Vehicle prototype, which is an advanced electric rover that boasts four liquid-cooled wheel motors, remote control capabilities, and dynamic driver feedback. The battery-powered vehicle could not only help explore new worlds, but also is capable of some serious drifts.

The MRV has four separate wheel modules that can turn independently of each other. The setup makes the electric buggy supremely agile — both able to turn as a traditional car would, and rotate its wheels to take off in new directions. It's also equipped with a remote control system that lets users drive the golf-cart-sized creation without needing to be behind the wheel, a helpful addition that means astronauts may one day be able to ghost ride the whip on other worlds.

The technology in the new buggy could inspire the next generation of electric vehicles, both on new planets, and back here on Earth.

Article/Photo Source: Verge/NASA Video

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