Global aftermarket and OE ride performance supplier, DRiV is among several research partners to have received a European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions mobility grant for development and evaluation of advanced wheel-corner concepts for autonomous vehicles.
DRiV will collaborate with Arrival ltd, a London based technology company designing and manufacturing Generation 2.0 electric vehicles, and several leading universities and industrial organizations in Project OWHEEL, which will produce recommendations for improving ride dynamics and passenger comfort through innovative wheel-corner designs.
Established in 1996, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is a fellowship program that awards grants to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaborations.
The EU Research Executive Agency has awarded more than €6 billion in MSCA grants for projects dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research.
Next-generation wheel-corner concepts
Partners in Project OWHEEL will develop and benchmark the performance of four next-generation wheel-corner concepts – passive corner with stationary wheel positioning, passive composite corner, active corner with conventional ride dynamics control, and active corner with integrated wheel positioning control – intended to enhance passenger comfort in autonomous operation.
Project partners will collaborate in development design, extensive simulation studies and experimental validation of each proposed concept.
Brad Norton, executive vice president and president for ride performance at DRiV, said: “OWHEEL’s main goal is to provide fact-based recommendations for future vehicle suspension architecture.
“DRiV engineers have pioneered the exploration of advanced ride dynamics control for emerging mobility platforms, including electric and autonomous vehicles. Several of these solutions are already commercially available within our advanced suspension technologies portfolio.”
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