NASA Showcases Incredible Electric Modular Robotic Vehicle

Electric cars aim to solve the Earth’s increasing problems with pollution, but their service to humanity can extend well past the planet’s surface. NASA has released a video of its incredible Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV), an all-electric planet-hopping uber go-kart with four independent electric motors that give it a ton of versatility.

Because it’s built by NASA, there’s also a lot of redundancy built in. Each electric in-wheel motor operates independently, so even if one busts, you’ve got three left to propel you. The drive-by-wire system can be controlled either from the MRV itself, or remotely by another operator in case you run into a real-life facehugger.

But it’s those 180 degree rotating wheels that make parking-lot drifting look like something even a toddler could do. Imagine all the places the MRV could get on an undeveloped planet like Mars? It could also be charged by solar panels, as getting fuel that far from Mother Earth might be a bit difficult.

Too bad earthbound electric cars don’t have the same kind of crazy steering capabilities. Parallel parking would never be the same again.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.