NASA designers are looking into new concepts for human lunar rovers that are more reminiscent of pickup trucks than the dune buggy type vehicles used by the Apollo astronauts, Florida Today reports.
“It is definitely inspired by the truck,” said Lucien Junkin, a Johnson Space Center robotics engineer who is serving as lead designer.
NASA is leaning toward a 6-wheel vehicle, based in part on the success of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on Mars. The two additional wheels allow for more maneuverability on rough terrain.
Astronomy.com also has an article with photos.