Clear understanding of a fast-moving field: evolution, integration, market dynamics, future developments, supplier profiles
Nothing, not even the Toyota unintended acceleration crisis of a few years ago, has tempered the industry’s zeal for brake-by-wire, steer-by-wire and drive-by-wire technology.
X-by-wire is the wave of the future in vehicle dynamics, promising to make cars lighter, safer, easier to build and more fuel efficient.
But what does it mean for your company? What are the hidden opportunities?
“Chassis & dynamics: transformation, technology and opportunity” provides an overall understanding of a fast-moving field.
For more than two decades the take-up of electronically-controlled vehicle dynamics was held back by consumer reservations. But the situation has changed dramatically in the past two years.
OEM strategies — starting with braking systems — are taking shape so quickly that it is difficult to keep track of who is doing what – and where the opportunities lie. The report offers a clear analysis of the state of modern vehicle dynamics and the tactical steps OEMs are taking.
What’s clear is that the mandate for better fuel economy and the competition for emerging markets are stimulating the new interest by OEMs in X-by-wire systems. Not least among them is the new industry race for self-driving vehicles, which proponents say is impossible without X-by-wire.
In an era of platform commonality the management of vehicle dynamics has become a key differentiator for products — a trend that will clearly continue. The passage of the art of vehicle dynamics from the mechanical to the electronic creates enormous opportunities for suppliers.
The report evaluates cost benefit imperatives of vehicle dynamics technologies and consumer adoption, as well as detailing important research findings and exploring case studies in integrated systems.
About the author
Mike Murphy B.Sc., M.Phil.(Hons.I) has had a lifelong interest in things automotive including owning and racing a range of motorcycles and track cars. He began regularly contributing to automotive publications in his native New Zealand during the 1990s and in 2004 he became a news editor for a leading UK auto industry publication. He began researching and writing automotive technology sector reports the following year and has had around 50 technology reports and numerous features published by four UK-based automotive industry publications.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The evolution of vehicle dynamics
2.1 Rules governing ESC – the founding principle of vehicle dynamics
2.2 Software progression in electronics
2.3 Evaluating cost benefit imperatives of vehicle dynamics technologies and consumer adoption
2.4 Research findings
Chapter 3: Computer modelling and simulation of in vehicle systems
3.1 Monitoring safety
3.2 Uses of modelling to pretest designs in actuators, suspension, steering and tyres
3.2.3 Electric power steering
Chapter 4: Integration of vehicle dynamics systems
4.1 Assistance from sensors
4.2 Case studies in integrated systems
Chapter 5: Design and specification of components – steering, suspension, brakes, traction control and tyres
5.1.1 Electro-hydraulic power steering
5.1.2 Electric power steering
5.1.3 Active steering
5.1.5 Rear wheel steering
5.2.1 Suspension geometry – front and rear
5.2.2 Kinematics and elasto-kinematics
5.2.3 Reducing weight
5.2.4 The progression from passive to active suspension
5.2.5 Passive suspension developments
5.2.6 Adaptive suspension systems
5.2.7 Semi-active suspension systems
5.2.8 Active suspension systems – hydraulic, air and electromagnetic
5.3.1 Emergency brake assist
5.3.2 Automatic emergency braking
5.3.4 Electromechanical brakes
5.3.5 Brake systems for hybrids and EVs
5.3.6 Electric parking brake
5.3.7 Lightweight materials
5.4 Stability control
5.5 Traction control
5.5.2 All-wheel drive
5.5.3 Electronic traction control
5.5.4 Torque vectoring
5.5.5 Active all-wheel drive and torque vectoring
5.5.6 Electrified all-wheel drive and torque vectoring systems
Chapter 6: Market dynamics and forecasts
6.4 Stability control systems
6.5 All-wheel drive
Chapter 7: Roadmap for future developments
Chapter 8: Company Profiles
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
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