GRAND BLANC, Michigan, October 08, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – CNXMotion has been recognized as a 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot innovation to watch for its innovative Brake-to-Steer technology which provides an additional layer of vehicle safety and redundancy using the electronic braking to safely steer the vehicle while controlling its speed.
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CNXMotion is a joint venture between Continental and Nexteer Automotive with the vision to accelerate trusted motion control through collaboration. (Photo: Business Wire)
“CNXMotion’s technology offers automakers a cost-effective way to meet safety needs by leveraging existing vehicle systems and improving management’s safety net,” said Greg Katch, CEO of CNXMotion.
In a fully autonomous vehicle with no physical steering wheel present, Brake-to-Steer can be used as a redundancy strategy to facilitate safe passage if the primary and / or secondary steering systems were not available. The function would support lateral control of the vehicle by selectively applying brake commands to individual wheels while maintaining speed through powertrain control.
Brake-to-Steer can also be used as another layer of redundancy in a Steer-by-Wire system by taking driver input through the position of the steering wheel and maintaining lateral control of the vehicle in a similar method described in ‘fully stand-alone use Case.
Advantages of the steering brake
– Cost: Brake-to-Steer technology takes advantage of the vehicle’s existing braking, steering and propulsion systems. Depending on the architecture of the vehicle, the function itself could also reside on an existing controller, eliminating the cost of any additional hardware.
– Flexibility: Not only can the function exist in the existing hardware architecture, but Brake-to-Steer can also be used to provide an additional layer of vehicle safety and redundancy on vehicles with Steer-by-Wire up to fully automated vehicles. without the presence of a steering wheel.
– Security: The cost and flexibility of Brake-to-Steer technology provides a redundant layer of safety for early adaptation that otherwise might not be available for these vehicles in the market today.
CNXMotion is honored to be recognized as a 2021 PACEpilot innovation to watch. For more information on CNXMotion’s award-winning technology, visit www.cnxmotion.com.
About the 2021 PACEpilot Automotive News Program
Automotive News recognized 10 emerging innovations from global suppliers to small startups with the 2021 Automotive News PACEpilot program. For more details on the Automotive News PACEpilot program and this year’s innovations to watch, visit www.autonews.com/pace.
CNXMotion wishes to congratulate its partners, Continental and Nexteer Automotive. Continental was a 2021 PACEpilot finalist for its trailer hitch assist technology and a 2021 PACE finalist for its curved plastic lens display. Nexteer has been recognized as a 2021 PACEpilot innovation to watch for its Steer-by-Wire system with retractable steering column.
CNXMotion was formed as a 50/50 joint venture between Continental and Nexteer Automotive in 2017 to innovate motion control solutions for advanced applications and accelerate R&D activities for parent companies. CNXMotion employs approximately 30 people at its state-of-the-art plant located in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
CNXMotion focuses on R&D activities including rapid assessment, design and prototyping. Capitalizing on Continental and Nexteer’s history of innovation and leadership respectively in the areas of advanced braking and steering, the joint venture combines global resources and expertise to provide advanced motion control system solutions to meet challenges. challenges of a rapidly changing mobility landscape. www.cnxmotion.com
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the tech company provides safe, efficient, smart and affordable solutions for vehicles, machinery, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of € 37.7 billion and currently employs approximately 193,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.
To learn more, visit www.continental.com.
Nexteer Automotive (HK 1316), a global leader in intuitive motion control, is a multi-billion dollar global steering and transmission company that supplies electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, transmission systems , as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and technologies enabling automated driving for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company has 27 manufacturing plants, four technical and software centers and 13 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The company serves more than 60 customers in all major regions of the world, including BMW, Ford, GM, Stellantis, Toyota and VW, as well as automakers in India and China.
To learn more, visit www.nexteer.com.
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