We talk about Tesla, Google and a few others quite often regarding innovation in Electric Vehicle technology. And we mostly miss the NASA in our chit chats as they would never sell whatever they make in their garage. Anyways, here is something very interesting from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration agency of America, that would make us feel the future of wheeled machinery is much closer to the present.
NASA calls it the Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV), which was put on demonstration recently. The Electric Vehicle does have a golf-cart appeal, but would you like to know that this piece of equipment would soon serve as the basis for testing of rovers which would soon be driven on other planets like Mars?
The NASA Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is driven by four independent motors (one driving each wheel), which are capable of complete 180 degree rotation for versatile vehicular turns. Not there there would be any parking issue in Mars, but the facility will allow quick and easy drift and spin, for more agile and effective manoeuvrability.
To make things more fun, of course you wouldn’t be thinking that an astronaut would actually be driving this Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) on another planet, this Electric Vehicle will be operated by remote control, with high level functions.
Just food for thought.