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Nexteer Steers Safety in Levels 2-5 Automated Driving

2017-09-13 21:30

- Nexteer Unveils High Availability EPS, Showcases Steer-by-Wire

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control, announced the continued expansion of its automated driving portfolio with the introduction of two steering technologies that enable advanced safety and functions for Level 2-5 automated driving. Nexteer's high availability Electric Power Steering (EPS) and its advanced Steer-by-Wire (SbW) system are showcased at the 67th IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Nexteer High Availability Electric Power Steering
Nexteer High Availability Electric Power Steering

Safety-Net is Alwa­­ys On

"Similar to systems in aviation, our EPS system redundancies play an important safety, back-up function as the automotive industry moves toward varying levels of automation," said Frank Lubischer, Nexteer's CTO, CSO and Senior Vice President of Global Engineering, "Nexteer's steering safety net is always on."

Nexteer's high availability EPS is designed for resilient operational availability, using top-rated, high reliability components and intelligently optimized through additional redundancies in torque and position sensors, electronic control units, winding motors as well as dual sets of vehicle power and communication connectors.

High Availability EPS Facilitates Migration to SbW

"As OEMs continue investment in high availability EPS, the migration to Steer-by-Wire (SbW) becomes more cost-effective," said Lubischer. "Meanwhile, we enable easier SbW migration through our flexibility to support various packaging environments with our broad high availability EPS portfolio. An OEM can save a lot of investment and chassis redesign by leveraging our high availability EPS today with a future SbW migration in mind."

SbW: Gateway to New Safety Advancements & Automated Steering

SbW opens new possibilities for advanced safety functions, such as collision avoidance, stability control and more. Advanced safety features can be implemented with the steering system alone or in combination with the braking system to achieve even higher safety levels. To this point, Lubischer also noted that Nexteer & Continental's JV, CNXMotion, will combine Nexteer's advanced steering systems with Continental's advanced braking technologies into solutions for Automated Driving ADAS.


Nexteer Automotive - A Leader in Intuitive Motion Control - is a multi-billion-dollar global steering and driveline business delivering electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems as well as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and automated driving technologies for original equipment manufacturers. The company's global workforce of over 13,000 serves more than 50 customers in every major region of the world. The company has 25 manufacturing plants, 3 technical centers and 13 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive's customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota, VW, as well as automakers in India and China.

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