DRiV and partners receive EU grant to develop AV wheel-corner concepts

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DRiV and several research partners have received a European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions mobility grant for the development and evaluation of advanced wheel-corner concepts for autonomous vehicles in Project OWheel, which will produce recommendations for improving ride dynamics and passenger comfort through innovative wheel-corner designs. DRiV, a Tenneco subsidiary, will collaborate with Arrival, a London-based technology company designing and manufacturing Generation 2.0 electric vehicles, and several leading universities and industrial organisations for the project.

Established in 1996, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is a fellowship programme that awards grants to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaborations. Having received approval, the partners in Project OWheel are now developing and benchmarking the performance of four next-generation wheel-corner concepts intended to enhance passenger comfort in autonomous operation: passive corner with stationary wheel positioning, passive composite corner, active corner with conventional ride dynamics control, and active corner with integrated wheel positioning control. The project partners will collaborate in development design, simulation studies and experimental validation of each proposed concept.

“OWheel’s main goal is to provide fact-based recommendations for future vehicle suspension architecture,” said Brad Norton, president of ride performance at DRiV. “DRiV engineers have pioneered the exploration of advanced ride dynamics control for emerging mobility platforms, including electric and autonomous vehicles. Several of these solutions are already commercially available within our Advanced Suspension Technologies portfolio.”

In addition to DRiV and Arrival, the other OWheel research partners are Delft University of Technology (Netherlands); University of Modena Dipartimento di Ingegneria “Enzo Ferrari”, and University of Naples Federico II (Italy); Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany); University of Surrey (United Kingdom); Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania); National University Corporation, the University of Tokyo (Japan); and University of Pretoria (South Africa).

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