NASA’s Electric Modular Robotic Vehicle is Everything – Video

3 years ago by Ted Dillard 14

NASA Ultimate Golf Cart

NASA Ultimate Golf Cart

Ever wonder what NASA would design if they decided to build a golf cart?  Here it is.  We call it the “Ultimate Golf Cart, by NASA”.  Yeah, but no place for the clubs.  Yet.

It has 4 motors.

It has 4 motors.

...they can all steer.

…they can all steer.

...it can drive itself.

…it can drive itself.

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…it can park itself

...it can go through puddles.

…it can go through puddles.

…but can it drift?  Ya think?

Golf cart drift.  NASA style.

Golf cart drift. NASA style.

Golf cart drift - NASA style

Golf cart drift – NASA style

Details are thin on this thing, but SlashGear says:

“According to NASA, the MRV has a top speed of 40MPH, but it is currently computer limited to only 15MPH, likely for safety reasons. The curb weight is 2000lbs, and it measures in at 7ft. x 5ft. The propulsion motors in the wheels are cooled with liquid, meanwhile. The MRV was made at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.”

The project apparently comes out of NASA’s JSC Engineering, (read more about them here), and it looks like it’s a test bed for an array of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial technologies, like, possibly, the “Space Exploration Vehicle“.  Because drifting on Mars?  The BEST.  Here’s the complete video:

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14 responses to "NASA’s Electric Modular Robotic Vehicle is Everything – Video"

  1. Anon says:

    Got a 70’s vibe to it…

  2. Big Solar says:

    ok, how much?

    1. Steven says:

      It’s NASA. It costs Millions.

  3. Speculawyer says:

    NASA has some of the most famous electric cars ever made. They left them on the moon.

    1. Anon says:

      Most expensive single-use EV ever. 😉

      1. Speculawyer says:

        Maybe not. Get back up there with some new batteries . . . someone could get it back up & running and go for a spin! 😀

        1. Anon says:

          I doubt the dust and radiation have been kind to them. The other issue is tampering with historical artifacts…

  4. Priusmaniac says:

    That is overshoot. On Mars all you need is a better insulated and hermetic Model X, not wheels that can all steer or a car that can drift sideways.

    1. Lensman says:

      Getting dust and dirt into hub motors is a problem even here on Earth. With the many grades of ever-finer dust on Mars, I shudder to think…

  5. Lensman says:

    Well, I see Speculawyer has already posted about NASA’s most famous “golf cart”. So I’ll settle for linking to a photo:

    1. Steven says:

      Yeah, NASA knows a thing or two about “off road vehicles”, and the nearest road is about a quarter of a million miles away.

  6. CDAVIS says:

    NASA built a more cool one of these 44 years ago and drove it on the the moon.

  7. Steven says:

    Drift? Hell, it can do doughnuts while driving in a straight line.

  8. Roy LeMeur says:

    The fourth photo shot from behind showing the dash and front end looks alot like an old EZ-Go or Yamaha golf cart 🙂