Nexteer Automotive and Continental have formed a joint venture that is intended to focus on the advancement of motion control systems and actuator components for automated driving. According to the parties, the venture will combine Nexteer’s advanced steering and driver assistance (ADAS) technologies with Continental’s automated driving and advanced braking technologies to create improved vehicle motion control systems.
“Continental will combine its talent and expertise with Nexteer’s advanced steering system competence to create the best integrated systems for longitudinal and lateral motion control for automated driving applications,” said Frank Jourdan, member of Continental’s executive board and president of its chassis & safety division.
Nexteer and Continental will each hold 50% ownership in the joint venture, which will focus on R&D activities including rapid evaluation, design and prototyping. Pending regulatory approvals, it is expected that this project will be operational in the first quarter of 2017.
“The motion control venture will accelerate Nexteer and Continental’s advancements in automated driving and achieve robust vehicle dynamics and safety. To that end, this team will work on braking and steering systems integration, enhanced by-wire development as well as create common safety architectures and strategies for redundant, operationally safe systems,” added Frank Lubischer, senior vice president of global engineering, and CTO at Nexteer Automotive.