The developments are part of Volkswagen's "Accelerate" strategy. In this way, the vehicle manufacturer is pursuing its transformation into a software-oriented mobility provider. Digitalisation does not stop at classic mechanical vehicle components such as chassis and steering systems. While software-controlled control systems have already been incorporated into earlier generations of these components, Volkswagen now wants to accelerate development even further.
The new generation of software-intensive systems is designed to significantly minimise body pitch and roll and optimise driving dynamics, as the car reacts more quickly to steering movements and is more precise to drive, explains Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Driving Dynamics, Steering and Control Systems at Volkswagen. "This development is also extremely important with regard to highly automated driving. Because in this way we offer passengers maximum comfort in all situations."
Similarly, the development of a new steer-by-wire steering system is progressing. "Software will also play an even more important role in steering in the future," says Schebsdat. "It will give us many more opportunities to influence steering characteristics that can subsequently be implemented for all platforms in a model-specific way." The driver assistance systems, such as Lane Assist or Travel Assist, will also benefit from this steering system when the components go into series production.
However, Volkswagen did not say when this would be the case.