While vehicular functions were traditionally controlled by mechanical linkage, the evolution of the automotive industry is resulting in major advancements in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and speed. This has increased the adoption of x-by-wire systems that enable drivers to control vehicle functioning electronically, creating major scope for the x-by-wire market players. The continued spending and efforts focused on improving automobiles are further strengthening the automotive components business. Companies operating in the auto components landscape are adopting next-gen technologies to ensure improved vehicle performance. On the backdrop of such scenarios, the x-by-wire system providers are finding noteworthy opportunities in the foreseeable future.
Several advancements are captured across the x-by-wire market with a focus on improving the capabilities of future vehicles and delivering greater performance and improved driving experience for consumers. Companies are continually emphasizing on introducing advanced x-by-wire systems for future mobility. Amongst the various technology types of x-by-wire, throttle-by-wire, drive-by-wire, and brake-by-wire technology are gaining majority significance.
Drive-by-Wire Tech Aids in Conducting Advanced Vehicle Testing
Traditionally vehicle testing involved the installation of hardware including pedal robots, steering robots, control systems, motion pack, and a data logger which could together control vehicles safely, accurately and repeatedly compared to a human test driver.
Going beyond this, a recognized test system supplier, AB Dynamics designed a drive-by-wire system—Flex-O, which was chosen by Volvo Cars, for carrying out advanced vehicle testing. This x-by-wire system allows the automaker to achieve a similar level of repeatability and accuracy achieved with the use of the conventionally used hardware. The system maintains precise control without the use of robots, making it an effective solution for automakers. As the system enables vehicles to be driven straight through the CAN bus it eliminates the need for robots and humans. This development denotes a crucial step forward, easing the process of installation and testing, minimizing the number of hardware required, and reducing overall costs.
Drive-by-Wire – Key Enabler for Autonomous Vehicles
With the expanding scope of autonomous vehicles across the globe, companies are continually working to design cutting-edge systems that could enhance the performance of future autonomous cars.
On a similar line, the Schaeffler Group, an automotive industry company in collaboration with Paravan GmbH and Roland Arnold agreed on an agreement for establishing a joint venture. The objective behind the joint venture company—Schaeffler Paravan Technologies GmbH und Co. KG is to further develop the SPACE DRIVE drive-by-wire technology by Paravan and to develop and market mobility systems.
Steer-by-wire Technology Enhancing Mixed Mode Driving
Drive-by-wire technology is not the only one enhancing the capabilities of autonomous driving. Automotive engineers are increasingly considering steer-by-wire technology that would instantly allow drivers to take control of the driving and offer safe transition. Nexteer Automotive, an automotive parts supplier is prepping the steering technology for achieving seamless mixed-mode and autonomous driving. The company’s steer-by-wire system also functions as a key enabler to ‘Steering on Demand’, along with the Nexteer’s Stowable Steering Column and Quiet Wheel Steering innovations. This steer-by-wire system consists of variable steering ratios and performance settings.
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