The future of automotive is closer than we think

GM and Cruise LLC had plans to unveil the first vehicle designed to drive without a driver on Tuesday. Cruise LLC is the autonomous-car startup that is majority owned by General Motors. The vehicle is designed to be electric and roomier than other traditional cars. There will be no steering wheel or pedals that are essential in normal vehicles. GM and other investors have given a significant amount of money to this project, raising Cruise’s expected value to $19 billion.

Even though it will be a long time until humans colonize the moon or Mars, some vehicle manufacturers are looking ahead to the future and designing concept vehicles for (literally) out of this world terrain. Lexus has been coming up with ideas for futuristic cruisers that could be used on the lunar surface. The ideas are just that, ideas. There are no actual designs out there that are being built, it was simply for a project that asked designers and architects to conceptualize how humans might eventually get around on the moon.

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GM’s Cruise to unveil car built to operate with no driver

Cruise LLC, the autonomous-car startup majority owned by General Motors, plans to show its first vehicle designed to operate without a driver on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said.

The vehicle Cruise has been developing along with GM is a purpose-built electric, autonomous model designed to be more spacious and passenger-friendly than a conventional, human-driven car. Learn more

Summary: GM and Cruise LLC had plans to unveil the first vehicle designed to drive without a driver on Tuesday. There will be no steering wheel or pedals that are essential in normal vehicles.

Lexus’s lunar concepts are literally out of this world

Let’s be realistic – humankind isn’t going to colonise the moon anytime soon. But when it does, Lexus is ready and waiting to supply the vehicles we’ll need to traverse the rocky lunar landscape.

Well we say ‘ready’ – we doubt Lexus is seriously developing any of the ideas it submitted to Document Journal’s Lunar Design Project. The journal asked designers and architects from around the world to imagine how humans might live on the moon – the seven concepts pictured up top are the company’s idea of how we might get around. Read more

Summary: Lexus has been coming up with ideas for futuristic cruisers that could be used on the lunar surface. Although no cars are actually being designed at this point, designers and architects were asked to conceptualize how humans will navigate the lunar surface.

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