Space Drive - Key Technology for autonomous driving
From Track to Road - Next Generation Steering
One steering technology - countless fields of application
Shaping the mobility of the future together
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest press releases
Schaeffler acquires 100 percent stake in Schaeffler Paravan Technologie GmbH & Co. KG
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.
Rally via cable: World's first competition with a steer-by-wire Ford Fiesta Rally 2
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).
DTM season finale at Hockenheim: Space Drive Team led by Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport and Maxi Buhk finishes in points
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.
We are there for you
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!