Overview of our range of services
Space Drive offers a comprehensive portfolio of technical solutions and services that are based on our core drive-by-wire technology and cover a wide range of applications in various industrial sectors and in the automotive industry (e.g. off-/on highway applications and special-purpose vehicles). Among other things, these include:
- Drive-by-wire steering, acceleration, and braking solutions (including hardware and software)
- Control of secondary vehicle functions (wipers, turn signals, horn, ignition, start ...)
- Power management for sensor equipment (DC/AC)
- Sensor integration (camera, radar, lidar ...)
- Connectivity solutions (GPS, LTE, GNSS)
- Networks (Ethernet, USB, HDMI, CAN)
- Force-feedback applications
- New vehicle designs as add-ons / retrofits
- Construction of showcars and prototypes; small-batch production, minibuses / people movers, AGV / UGV vehicles, Wizard of Oz vehicles
- Projects for fully automated driving
Our “autonomous driving” retrofitting package for all vehicle types
Vehicles that are able to drive fully automatically and safely in traffic – that are able to avoid people, stop at traffic lights, and park on their own: This is without question the revolution that is going to occur in the automotive industry. We offer individual retrofitting sets for partially or fully automated driving for prototypes, experimental vehicles, and other vehicles from the automotive industry, the agricultural sector, the mining industry, and even the defense sector. We provide a combined package consisting of sensors, robotics, software, and our drive-by-wire system.
Customized vehicle design and construction
Among other things, we focus on the construction of prototypes and experimental vehicles for partially or fully automated driving. Our highly modern and flexible machinery and equipment (including a 3D scanner and 3D printer) enable us to co-create your vehicle from scratch. Together with its partner, Paravan, Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH can call upon 25 years of experience in customized vehicle design and construction. Highly qualified staff are on hand to help our customers with everything from order planning to the final process of equipping the vehicle with our Space Drive drive-by-wire system or ultramodern robotic and sensor technologies.
Solutions for secondary functions
Operating the turn signals, opening windows, engaging the ignition, etc. – we offer interesting solutions for the digital control of secondary driving functions. Our Schaeffler Paravan Touch app, which we developed in-house, enables the operation of up to 100 different vehicle functions via CAN, while the Schaeffler Paravan Gateway makes it possible to select and execute the same functions via voice command (Paravan Voice Control). It is also possible to combine Voice Control, the Touch app, and the Space Drive System.
Individual components of the Space Drive system
Our drive-by-wire / steer-by-wire system consists of various individual components. These include the heart of Space Drive – the CPU (head module) – as well as servo motors, specially developed cable harnesses, and our ergonomic input devices. Customers can choose from a range of variants and combination options precisely tailored to their projects and technical requirements.
Ready to use! Intelligent retrofit kit for drive-by-wire and autonomous driving applications
Space Drive is a fully-developed technology that’s tried and tested and ready for immediate use. This intelligent drive-by-wire technology has a modular design, is available in a wide variety of versions, and can be retrofitted into a vehicle at any time. Its multi-active redundancy safety features are integrated into all components, including cable harnesses. This ensures that the roadworthiness (road approval) of your individual Space Drive configuration is always guaranteed. All components are tested in accordance with the ECE-R 13, ECE-R 79, and ECE-R 10 standards. The processor unit (ECU) meets the most demanding requirements in accordance with ISO 26262 ASIL D, and all control devices are manufactured in accordance with the highest quality standard (IPC-A-600 Class 3). Space Drive is road-approved for the international vehicle types M1, M2, M3, N1, N2, and N3. Each Space Drive system can be tailored to the specific needs of our customers. Upon request, we can also supply you with a complete customized prototype with integrated state-of-the-art laser, camera, and radar sensors.