Projects completed by Schaeffler Paravan
The large number and wide variety of the projects completed demonstrate the flexibility and variability of our adaptive system solutions for drive-by-wire and steer-by-wire systems, as well as for the construction of experimental vehicles and prototypes for partially or fully automated driving.
Four Audi Q7s for China
In China, we outfitted four Audi Q7s with our fail-safe and street-legal Space Drive drive by wire system. The main computer module (head module) was installed in the vehicle interior, and a back-up battery system for the secondary power supply was also integrated.
ADAS vehicle for Visteon
We integrated our systems for primary and secondary vehicle functions into an ADAS vehicle. Our drive-by-wire system controls acceleration, braking, and steering. The interfaces used here are 2 x CAN, which we customized and equipped with a personalized access rights feature. Another CAN interface is used in conjunction with a configuration tool to operate secondary functions for turn signals, lights, and windshield wipers.
Show car for the IAA in Frankfurt
We participated in a project for a leading car manufacturer that led to the creation of a self-driving show car that was presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in 2017. This vehicle study was equipped with our digital and fail-safe Space Drive technology, whereby the Schaeffler Paravan drive-by-wire system was also expanded to include a remote operation feature. The concept car demonstrates how autonomous driving could make car sharing even easier and more convenient and economical in the future. This vision of urban mobility in the future is the most radical car-sharing concept car of all: It’s completely autonomous and offers maximum communication. It’s also friendly, fully customizable and, of course, electric.
Autonomous technology in the smallest of spaces
High-end Test Vehicle for
Autonomous Driving in Austria
We incorporated the latest autonomous driving technology into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the future, the experimental vehicle will be used to display a wide range of steering and driving scenarios up to and including Level 5 autonomous driving. For this purpose, we integrated our digital Space Drive steer-by-wire and drive-by-wire system into the vehicle. We also installed sensors and linked them to our system via specially programmed interfaces.
Partially autonomous SAM Car project
Is it really possible to drive a Corvette ZR06 simply by moving one’s head? Sam Schmidt, a former IndyCar driver who became a paraplegic after a severe accident during a race, says it is – and ultramodern technology from the U.S. and Germany makes it possible. In a cooperative project conducted by Schaeffler Paravan and U.S. electronics experts at Arrow Electronics, a Corvette ZR06 was modified and reconstructed in a manner that enables Sam Schmidt to drive the 650-hp racing car safely around a racetrack by means of minute head movements.
Project OLLI: Fully automated minibus:
A self-driving vehicle known as “Olli” was developed and built in Phoenix, Arizona in a joint project conducted by various partners under the direction of the U.S. company Local Motors. The autonomous minibus was then presented to the public in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2016. “Olli” is a self-driving minibus for future passenger transport in urban areas (airports, industrial sites, amusement parks, railway stations) that can accommodate up to 12 people comfortably. The project that led to its creation was managed by the U.S. company Local Motors. With the help of seven partners from around the world, “Olli” was equipped with the most cutting-edge autonomous driving technologies Thanks to the innovative Paravan Space Drive system, all different types of sensor and GPS data can be collected in the vehicle, processed, and then forwarded in an absolutely fail-safe manner to sophisticated servo motors that control acceleration, braking, and steering.
Project: Showcar OEM 2016 with Space Drive
Schaeffler Paravan installed its fail-safe Space Drive drive-by-wire system in an autonomous / partially autonomous show car that was built by a major German automotive group. The Space Drive technology processor unit (ECU), which meets the most demanding requirements in accordance with the ISO 26262 ASIL D safety standards, ensures redundant control of the primary functions of acceleration, braking, and steering. The forward-looking vehicle study – which was developed to celebrate a company anniversary of the German automotive group – can make its way through traffic fully independently by means of sensor-controlled operation. Should the driver wish to take control of the vehicle, however, a futuristic steering wheel without a steering column folds out of the instrument panel. The driver can then use this device to enter steering commands “by-wire” (wired).
Autonomous test vehicles:
BMW I3 with the Fraunhofer Institute
Schaeffler Paravan assisted with the development of an autonomous test vehicle on the basis of a BMW i3 from the Fraunhofer Institute. The company contributed its fail-safe Space Drive drive-by-wire system that controls the primary functions of acceleration, braking and steering. Schaeffler Paravan also installed an extensive range of sensors in the vehicle. The sensors are able to communicate with the Space Drive system via a specially adapted Schaeffler Paravan software package.
Autonomous driving project by an international automotive supplier
This project involved integrating sensors from an international automotive supplier into an experimental vehicle for autonomous and partially autonomous driving. An additional processing unit for processing the extensive amount of data entailed was installed in the rear of the vehicle and then linked to the Space Drive drive-by-wire system from Paravan. In the autonomous driving mode, the Space Drive technology, which meets the most demanding requirements in accordance with the ISO 26262 ASIL D safety standards, ensures fail-safe control of the primary functions of acceleration, braking, and steering.
Electric mobility with high-tech force feedback steering
In a joint project that included Siemens as a participating partner, a Roding Roadster served as the base vehicle for the construction of an electric vehicle prototype equipped with the fail-safe steer-by-wire system with force feedback. Here, a steering wheel digitizes steering signals and forwards them to the Schaeffler Paravan Space Drive system. The latter transmits the signals in a fail-safe (fail operational) manner to servo motors that are installed directly on the steering gear. In this setup, a mechanical steering column is no longer necessary.
Car of the future: Rinspeed “XChange”
In his latest study, “XChange,” the Swiss automotive visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht shows the way things are heading in the field of automated driving. The electric vehicle equipped with fail-safe Space Drive drive-by-wire technology is fascinating, as drivers can relax completely while the car negotiates the road safely and independently. Drivers can also choose to steer themselves with a digital steering wheel that can be operated from the driver's seat or passenger seat. A hand gesture is all it takes to change the position
Road sweepers: Smart Roadster with joystick
We developed this eye-catcher with Prof. Spiegelberg from the Technical University of Munich. At the time, it was the first road-approved drive-by-wire vehicle. You would be wasting your time trying to find the steering wheel and pedals in this roadster. All the main functions (acceleration, braking, steering) are controlled via an integrated digital joystick, and the model can also be remotely controlled via Radio.
Digital E-Flitzer: Rinspeed UC1
Space Drive technology is enabling the development of entirely new concepts for vehicle interiors. One of the most innovative examples of this is the “Rinspeed UC 1” electric car from the Swiss car manufacturer Rinderknecht. This city car, which is only 2.5 meters long, has a range of 120 km. It has no steering wheel or pedals but is instead digitally steered, accelerated, and braked using a joystick.
Remote control in dangerous areas: Holder special vehicle
The municipal mower is one of numerous special vehicles that are equipped with digital Space Drive technology and used every day. In the future, drivers will steer and operate such vehicles from a safe distance via remote control in dangerous areas – for example on embankments and slopes. The same system is also used in a different configuration in ski slope grooming vehicles.