ZF and NIO signal strategic cooperation settlement; steer-by-wire and different areas


ZF signed a strategic cooperation settlement with China-based NIO for the event of steer-by-wire (SbW) merchandise and different fields. Each corporations have additionally agreed to determine an on the spot data sharing mechanism to deepen communication and conduct common technical exchanges to collectively have interaction in industry-leading processes and high quality requirements.


In the meantime, ZF and NIO plan to increase their collaboration to model promotion, product advertising and marketing, expertise and high quality enhancements, in addition to customer support.

The signing of this settlement marks the primary time that ZF Group cooperates with a buyer within the steer-by-wire enterprise within the Asia Pacific area, and it additionally marks that the 2 sides will collectively promote the evolution and growth of expertise inside many fields comparable to autonomous driving and electrification.

With SbW, there isn’t any longer a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the steering gear. The intermediate steering shaft (the column) is now not required. Historically, this shaft transmits the management motion to the steering gear of the entrance axle. The brand new system makes use of an electromechanical actuator between the wheels as the only real supply of the steering power. The actuator now ensures wheel deflection within the depths of the chassis. The driving force’s instructions make their means there electronically “by wire”.

The instructions come from a steering wheel actuator within the cockpit. The actuator has sensors that detect the rotation, however it additionally has its personal drive. The system reproduces the pure steering really feel and suggestions from the highway.


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