For the automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, electric mobility is one of the most important innovative driving forces for the future. Against this background of increasing vehicle electrification and automation, Schaeffler has been working together with several project partners to develop concepts and prototypes for new steering systems in urban applications. After a duration of three years, the “OmniSteer” group project – which received a subsidy of 1.9 million euros from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research – is now set for successful completion.
Omni stands for orthogonal and multidirectional driving maneuvers and non-linear steering. In combination with the “Schaeffler Intelligent Corner Module” and innovative wheel suspension that allows wider steering angles, functionally reliable mechatronic lateral and transverse (distance and lane) guidance systems have been developed that will make greater vehicle manoeuvrability possible in the future.
Schaeffler’s E-Wheel Drive electric wheel hub drive is the suitable solution for the mobility of tomorrow. The initial prerequisite for OmniSteer is the electrification of the drive train and, in a subsequent step, the corresponding integration of the drives into the wheels.