Peoplemover von Schaeffler mit SD 2
Space Drive Steer-by-Wire Drive-by-Wire

New mobility solution convinces experts

The Schaeffler Mover has been awarded the German Mobility Prize by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the "Germany - Land of Ideas" initiative. According to the jury, the vehicle concept for urban areas makes a positive contribution to equal living conditions in Germany and fundamentally challenges current vehicle structures.

The aim of the Schaeffler Mover is to provide the most universal and cost-effective platform for as many different passenger and goods transport tasks as possible.

Dr Manfred Kraus, Head of Mover Development, Schaeffler Paravan GmbH & Co. KG

"The aim of the Schaeffler Mover is to provide the most universal and cost-effective platform for as many different passenger and goods transport tasks as possible," says Dr Manfred Kraus, Head of Mover Development, Schaeffler Paravan GmbH & Co. KG. The Schaeffler Mover impressed in the competition with its Schaeffler Paravan technology Space Drive and the "Schaeffler Intelligent Corner Module". The core element of Space Drive is the "drive-by-wire" function which, in addition to driving and braking, also enables the vehicle to be guided in its lane purely by means of electronic control signals. Steering, braking and acceleration are thus controlled by electronic impulses via cables. The steering wheel and the mechanical connection of the steering column can thus be completely eliminated - an advantage especially for autonomously operating vehicles. Space Drive has already proven itself in vehicles for people with disabilities and has TÜV and road approval.

Flexible in many rooms

The four drive modules ensure that the Schaeffler Mover is highly manoeuvrable: In the "Schaeffer Intelligent Corner Modules", all drive and chassis components are housed in a space-saving unit - wheel hub motor, wheel suspension including suspension and the electromechanical steering. Thanks to the electric drive, the Mover operates with zero local emissions. The "Schaeffler Intelligent Corner Module" also enables a wheel lock of up to 90 degrees. This allows the Schaeffler Mover to manoeuvre in narrow streets and even park sideways to let passengers in and out. Turning on the spot is also possible.

About the Mobility Award

Around 270 companies, start-ups, research institutions and associations applied for the award, which was presented for the fourth time this year. A jury of experts from the fields of business, science, society and politics selected the ten best projects. The award ceremony will take place in November. You can find more information at https://land-der-ideen.de/wettbewerbe/deutscher-mobilitaetspreis/preist….

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