Drive-by-Wire System
PARAVAN drive-by-wire
Driving a car without a steering wheel or pedals


Digital high-tech driving and steering system for the mobility of tomorrow

The PARAVAN Space Drive drive-by-wire technology is a perfectly coordinated digital driving and steering system (hardware and software) that includes a revolutionary new safety concept. The system is individually adaptable to an extremely wide range of safety-related applications in the automotive sector, in agricultural technology, construction machine technology, municipal vehicles, special-purpose vehicles and the defence industry – and it also forms a separate branch in the disability-friendly mobility sector, from which it originated. 

PARAVAN drive-by-wire headmodule
PARAVAN drive-by-wire in racing cars
Steer-by-wire with joystick
Drive-by-wire and future mobility
Highlights at a glance
Triple-redundant drive-by-wire system


Space Drive is a triple-redundant (fail-safe) system that meets the most stringent requirements as defined in the ISO 26262 safety standard (ASIL D) and which is also manufactured in line with the highest safety standard (IPC A 600).

Drive-by-wire technology and communication


The drive-by-wire system can be linked to various driver assistance sensors, lidar, radar and other sensors using CAN, LIN and FlexRay interfaces. Individually programmable.

Paravan drive-by-wire components


The Space Drive system is a modular by-wire system that can be retrofitted as a steer-by-wire system or drive-by-wire solution.

Drive-by-wire system in multiple vehicles


The PARAVAN drive-by-wire system can be installed in virtually all types of vehicles, including everything from agricultural to construction vehicles and prototypes. The system has been approved for use in all international vehicle classes.

Interesting information for you
A technology that can be used in many ways

An adaptive system that can be installed or retrofitted in production vehicles, prototypes, experimental vehicles, agricultural  and autonomous vehicles. The application areas are wide-ranging:

  • Cars modified for drivers with disabilities
  • General automotive applications
  • Off-highway applications
  • Special-purpose and customised vehicles
  • Driverless test systems and autonomous “hare vehicles”
  • Industrial applications
Drive-by-wire technology that can be used in many ways
The most important facts about the system
  • Active redundancy: motors with multiple safety features and full power, even if a control circuit fails
  • Failure memory in several components (recording of relevant events)
  • Sufficient pedal travel and power for all vehicles, even if the control circuit fails
  • Permanent status querying for components
  • Speed-dependent steering enables driving with a natural steering feel at high speeds.
  • Better braking at low speeds thanks to automatic adjustment to pedal travel and pedal power
  • Parameters may be set (adjusted) via PC and touch panel to suit each customer and their needs (in online mode).
  • One-click support via our innovative diagnostic tool with its completely new design
  • Optimum, flexible design suitable for all types of vehicles
  • Thousands of systems on the road worldwide since 2001
  • Approved for road use (tested in accordance with ECE-R-79 and ECE-R13 and by TÜV).
  • Functional safety is ISO 26262 and ASIL D-certified
  • Manufactured in accordance with IPC-A-600 class 3, which is the highest quality standard worldwide for such systems
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PARAVAN Space Drive – the modern drive-by-wire technology

Various applications, fail-safe and approved for road use.

The Space Drive operating system is a three-stage multi-redundant motor-driver and control system for all common electric motors (60 A/DC 12–24 V) in applications with the highest safety requirements. Depending on the field of application and customer requirements, the system can be supplied in subcomponents and specially coordinated software modules. Space Drive technology meets the most stringent requirements as defined in the ISO 26262 safety standard (ASIL D) and is also manufactured in line with the highest safety standard (IPC A 600). The system is also road-approved for international vehicle types M1, M2, M3, N1, N2 and N3.

The basis of our extensive product portfolio is our fail-operational and road-approved Space Drive driving and steering system – an adaptive drive-by-wire / steer-by-wire system that digitally controls acceleration, braking, and steering in vehicles. In conjunction with various interfaces such as CAN, LIN, and FlexRay, the drive-by-wire system already enables access to the vehicle electronics in a large number of car models. In addition to the absolutely fail-operational control of acceleration and braking (longitudinal guidance), the system offers fail-operational control of steering (lateral guidance) via special driver input devices such as joysticks.

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Drive-by-wire technology within a car
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Space Drive product brochure
Schaeffler Paravan Space Drive

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