Europe will continue to be the leader in innovative automotive technologies benefitting from the first mover advantage, closely followed by North America and Japan. BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) then follow.
Ford, along with German OEMS, will be the front-runners in adopting electric power steering (EPS) technologies. These OEMs have dedicated EPS strategies until 2021 and harbor thoughts of offering an all-EPS portfolio.
While the Audi Q7 and the Ford F-150 share a similar front axle load, their EPS strategy varies. The Audi Q7 uses a concentric rack EPS, while the Ford F-150 uses a belt drive that crosses the kN barrier. However, both use a V system.
Further potential for loss-of-assist mitigation lies across all segments. While ultra low-cost column electric power steering (CEPS) will target the A/B vehicle segments and to an extent the C-segment, potential for heavy-duty EPS lies in the SUV, pickup, and MPV segments. Advanced EPS functions might find potential in the E/F-class segments, trickling down to other segments.
UNECE R79 is expected to update its amendment allowing OEMs to exercise steering automation across different situations and at higher speeds. While steer-by-wire (SbW) offers the future of steering, it still requires a fail-safe or fail-operational mode.
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Electric power steering (EPS) is going to be a standard fitment across all platforms in the near future. There are supplementary functions currently under development, which would exploit the benefits offered by EPS in order to provide added safety to the driver. The vast data collected by the installed sensors and cameras would aid in improving the assistance provided to the driver in various situations, such as lane departure and cross-winds compensation. At the same time, the operational limit of EPS is being stretched beyond 13 kN to incorporate heavy passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and pickups. Simultaneously, technologies such as ultra-low-cost column EPS cater to the emerging markets in need of a cheaper alternative.
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