Toyota heading to moon with cruiser, robotic arms, dreams

  • This undated photo provided by Toyota Motor Corp. shows a robotic arm developed for a vehicle called "Lunar Cruiser" to explore the lunar surface. Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. The arm developed by Gitai Japan Inc., a venture contracted with Toyota, is designed to perform tasks such as inspection and maintenance. (Toyota Motor Corp. via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by Toyota Motor Corp. shows a robotic arm developed for a vehicle called “Lunar Cruiser” to explore the lunar surface. Toyota is working with Japan’s space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said on Jan. 28,. The arm developed by Gitai Japan Inc., a venture contracted with Toyota, is designed to perform tasks such as inspection and maintenance. (Toyota Motor Corp./via AP)

  • This graphic illustration provided by Toyota Motor Corp. shows a vehicle called "Lunar Cruiser" to explore the lunar surface. Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (Toyota Motor Corp. via AP)

  • This graphic illustration provided by Toyota Motor Corp. shows a vehicle called "Lunar Cruiser" to explore the lunar surface. Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (Toyota Motor Corp. via AP)

  • This graphic illustration provided by Toyota Motor Corp. shows a vehicle called “Lunar Cruiser” to explore the lunar surface. Toyota is working with Japan’s space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Jan. 28. (Toyota Motor Corp./via AP)

TOKYO — Toyota is working with Japan’s space agency on a vehicle to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Jan. 28.