DRiV, an aftermarket and OE ride performance supplier, and several research partners have received a European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions mobility grant for development and evaluation of advanced wheel-corner concepts for autonomous vehicles.
The company will collaborate with Arrival, a London based technology company designing and manufacturing Generation 2.0 electric vehicles, and several leading universities and industrial organizations in Project OWHEEL, which will produce recommendations for improving ride dynamics and passenger comfort through innovative wheel-corner designs.
Established in 1996, Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is a fellowship program that awards grants to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaborations. The EU Research Executive Agency has awarded more than €6 billion in MSCA grants for projects dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research.
Partners in Project OWHEEL will develop and benchmark the performance of four next-generation wheel-corner concepts – passive corner with stationary wheel positioning, passive composite corner, active corner with conventional ride dynamics control, and active corner with integrated wheel positioning control – intended to enhance passenger comfort in autonomous operation. Project partners will collaborate in development design, extensive simulation studies and experimental validation of each proposed concept.
In addition to DRiV and Arrival Ltd., 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).