Forward-thinking has turned into fast action for Schaeffler Group, a global automotive and industrial supplier. In August, the company acquired 90 percent ownership of the drive-by-wire technology Space Drive from Paravan. The technology was initially developed to enable people with physical disabilities to steer and stop vehicles through entirely electronic means.
Only four months later, Schaeffler is already incorporating Space Drive into new systems for autonomous vehicles. The technology allows for the elimination of a vehicle’s steering wheel and pedals. Instead, the vehicles will feature digital controls like joysticks, notebooks or smartphone apps. This is possible thanks to controls that operate in nanoseconds via electrical impulses from cables and wires.