In a joint research with JAXA, Nissan is developing e- technology to improve its performance in sand and other harsh conditions.

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Nissan announced a lunar rover prototype jointly developed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The JAXA Space Exploration Innovation Center is conducting research on the lunar rover used for space exploration. Since January 2020, Nissan has been cooperating with JAXA to study the controllability of the rover.

The lunar rover must be able to traverse the powdery, rocky and undulating terrain of the moon and be energy efficient. In addition, the energy used to operate vehicles in space is limited. Nissan’s research has applied its motor control technology developed through the production of mass-market electric vehicles such as LEAF, and the e- all-wheel control technology used in the new Ariya electric crossover. In particular, e-4ORCE improves the performance of the lunar rover on complex terrain.

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Nissan focuses on developing stable performance, enabling customers to drive cars more confidently. Nissan’s e- technology can independently and precisely control all four wheels, giving the driver full confidence in all conditions.

In a joint research with JAXA, Nissan is developing e- technology to improve its performance in sand and other harsh conditions. When cars are in the sand, their wheels often slip and get stuck, which hinders their progress. A high level of driving skills is required to avoid jams. To meet this demand, Nissan has developed a driving force control device that can minimize wheel slip according to road conditions.

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Through joint research, Nissan aims to contribute to the technological development of automotive technology and space exploration technology by sharing the expertise gained from the development of test vehicles and combining it with JAXA’s rover research knowledge.

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