Space Drive - Next Generation Steering
Space Drive
Space Drive 2.8
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Space Drive - Key Technology for autonomous driving

The digital Space Drive technology at a glance

Rennfahrzeug vor dem Rennen
Space Drive 2.8

From Track to Road - Next Generation Steering

From Track to Road - Space Drive in ultimate test and development mode on the race track.

Autonomous Driving

One steering technology - countless fields of application

Space Drive is an absolute game changer. The system will change the way we drive vehicles - the applications are infinitely versatile.

Das Unternehmen SPT
Schaeffler Paravan

Shaping the mobility of the future together

Schaeffler Paravan is a company specialized in the development of drive-by-wire systems & chassis solutions.

Schaeffler-Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co.KG is a company specialising in the development of fail-safe drive-by-wire systems - "Space Drive" - and chassis system solutions. The company is based in Herzogenaurach and has an operating facility in Pfronstetten-Aichelau. Schaeffler Paravan Technologie is a joint venture (90 percent Schaeffler and ten percent Paravan GmbH) and was founded in October 2018.

Team Teaser Karriere

Home of Steer-by-Wire

At the entrance to the village of Aichelau, there is a sign that reads "The future is made here". At Schaeffler Paravan, we take this literally and are developing the digital steering technology of the future with Space Drive technology - road-approved, with multiple redundancy and certified to the highest industry standards. Ready for the challenges of autonomous driving and the mobility concepts of the future.

The Space Drive Technology

The steering of the future will be digital - by cable! With Space Drive, Schaeffler Paravan offers the only road-approved steer-by-wire system in the world. Space Drive eliminates the need for a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and steering gear.

Space Drive - Principles of Development

We are proud to have a product that is unique in the world. With it, we offer a unique technology that the industry needs to realise its visions of autonomous driving and new vehicle concepts.

Roland Arnold, CEO of Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co.KG and founder and managing director of PARAVAN GmbH
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Space Drive in application

Modern steer-by-wire systems are ready for highly and fully automated driving: Space Drive from Schaeffler Paravan is a digital steering system for series production vehicles, prototypes, test vehicles, agricultural machinery or unmanned ground vehicles. The possible applications are diverse.

Das Team von Schaeffler Paravan

One team - one mission

Schaeffler Paravan is a young dynamic team of visionaries, tinkerers and developers with the goal of digitally advancing the steering of the future. Setting the course for mobility without a mechanical steering column.

Porsche Cayman in der Boxengasse

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Latest press releases

48 Press releases
Die Space Drive Recheneinheit als Kernstück
Schaeffler acquires 100 percent stake in Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG
Space Drive

Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG and Arnold Verwaltungs GmbH have signed a basic agreement for the acquisition of Roland Arnold’s 10 percent stake in Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG. The Space Drive system, invented 20 years ago by Roland Arnold as a mobility solution for people with disabilities, will continue to be systematically developed and expanded.

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Rallye mit Steer-by-Wire Ford Fiesta
Rally via cable: World's first competition with a steer-by-wire Ford Fiesta Rally 2
Space Drive

Rally driver Fabio Schwarz and co-driver Andris Malnieks will compete in the Space Drive Ford Fiesta Rallye 2 at the 58th ADAC Knaus Tabbert 3 Städte Rallye from 13 to 15 October 2022 in Bavaria, Austria and the Czech Republic. This is the first competition in a rally with a steer-by-wire vehicle. It takes place as part of the season finale of the German Rally Championship (DRM).

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DTM Finale am Hockenheimring
DTM season finale at Hockenheim: Space Drive Team led by Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport and Maxi Buhk finishes in points
Space Drive

The season finale at the weekend gave the Mercedes Mücke Motorsport team the point it deserved. A positive finish for the Space Drive development team and Maximilian Buhk at the Hockenheimring with the #18 Mercedes-AMG GT3, which is the only car in the field to run without a mechanical connection between the steering unit and steering gear and represents a unique development project. 

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Do you have questions about our digital driving and steering technology Space Drive, or are you looking for a competent project partner for forward-looking mobility concepts? Send us a message!


Video impressions of Space Drive