Schaeffler Acquires Paravan’s Space Drive for Autonomous Vehicles


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German automotive company, Schaeffler, and European mobility group, Paravan Industry, agreed to form a joint venture wherein the German company will be making use of the Space Drive drive-by-wire technology of Paravan.

The Space Drive technology will enable self-driving cars to gain a highly reliable steering system to improve safety. According to Schaeffler, the steer-by-wire functionality of Space Drive relies on pure electronic methods which eliminates certain parts of the vehicle like the steering wheel, steering column, and other related mechanical linkages.

“We are both delighted and immensely proud to have on board such a competent and successful partner as Mr. Arnold for this pioneering collaboration… The acquisition of this tried and proven drive-by-wire technology gives us access to a key technology that will enable us to develop our Chassis Systems business division into a chassis systems integrator,” stated Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler AG Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer.

As stated in Paravan’s website, Space Drive permits an individual to safely control a vehicle with low strength, minimal movement, and even without using their limbs. If a person activates the technology, they can access the accelerator, the brake, and the steering wheel via driving aids managed by microprocessors.

These tiny processors can transmit signals within nanoseconds to the servo motor of the accelerator and the brake, and the servo motor of the steering wheel. The developers created individual modules to make the driving experience possible.

Here are some technological highlights of Space Drive:

- A Check Control system that contains the acceleration/brake lever, the joystick, the bicycle-type steering wheel, and the mini-steering wheel.

- A Gear Control unit consisting of four buttons to operate the automatic transmission system.

- Industrial Solutions that include autonomous drive systems for electric motors and road safety-associated applications.