Driv and several research partners have received a mobility grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie measures of the European Union, which should flow into the development and testing of advanced wheel module concepts for autonomous vehicles. Driv, a Tenneco company, is part of the “Owheel” project with London-based technology company Arrival Ltd. Arrival, developer and manufacturer of generation 2.0 electric vehicles, as well as working with universities and industrial organizations.
The aim of the project is to make recommendations for improving driving dynamics and driving comfort through innovative wheel module designs. The participating partners will develop four future-oriented wheel module concepts and evaluate their performance - including a passive wheel module with static tire positioning, a passive composite module, an active version with conventional driving dynamics control and another active version with integrated tire position control. In this way, driving comfort in autonomous vehicles is to be improved in the future. In addition to jointly designing development designs, the project partners will carry out extensive simulation studies and test the individual concepts in practice.