Forward to the rear: Schaeffler partners with Bosch for rear wheel steering

Published:  08 October, 2020

Schaeffler is teaming up with Robert Bosch Automotive Steering to expand its intelligent rear wheel steering (iRWS) portfolio.

Turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels reduces the turning circle, thereby increasing manoeuvrability in tight spaces. Rear axle assistive steering can also improve handling, stability and ride comfort and also improves vehicle safety.

Under the partnership, Schaeffler is providing mechatronic iRWS systems, and Bosch Automotive Steering is contributing software and electronics in the form of steering control units.

Commenting on the partnership, Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive OEM at Schaeffler: “Combining the strengths of both companies enables us to create integrated systems that deliver superior added value to our customers. Intelligent Rear Wheel Steering technology is a key milestone in Schaeffler’s journey to becoming the technology partner of choice for chassis systems.”    Schaeffler launched its mechatronic intelligent Active Roll Control system (iARC) back in 2015. “The lessons we learned from that process flowed directly into the development of mechatronic rear wheel steering”, said Dr. Keiwan Kashi, President Business Unit Mechatronic Systems at Schaeffler.

 Bosch’s contribution to the partnership is the steering control unit: “Our third-generation steering control unit was launched just last year and is already doing very well in the market for front-axle steering control systems,” said Dr. Stefan Waschul, head of passenger car steering systems at Robert Bosch Automotive Steering.

He added: “Under this partnership, we will apply our expertise in this area to rear-axle steering systems and contribute the wealth of experience and technical know-how in software and E/E architecture that has made us the market leader in steering control systems.”  

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