Fields of application

Automotive Sector

Future Mobility: Core applications for autonomous driving

With the experience of more than 200 million kilometers driven "by-wire"  Paravan supports leading manufacturers in the automotive industry in bringing autonomous and semi-autonomous test vehicles, prototypes and functional design with a multi-redundant drive-by-wire system on the road safely. The system is approved according to the EU standards ECE R10, ECE R13 and ECE R79 for the official road use. This proven and safe control of the primary functions of the company from Pfronstetten-Aichelau provides an important  technology for providing increased safety in the development of autonomous vehicles of the future.

The automotive industry has been developing assistance and sensor systems for some time now. Using radar, laser and cameras etc., these systems provide guidance and support in decision-making for automated driving. Space Drive offers you the opportunity actually to use these technologies on the road or off-road for the first time. The only technology with road-approved redundancy that genuinely executes signals such as "now accelerate – swerve – brake". Reliably and in nanoseconds. This makes Space Drive globally unique.

About 100 partially and fully autonomous prototypes Paravan have already been equipped with the fail-safe driving and steering system by Space Drive II.

  • Prototyps for high automated driving
  • Retrofit Kits for autonomous driving
  • more

Levels of automation

  • Space Drive Needed
    Space Drive recommended

    LEVEL 0 | DRIVER ONLY

    The driver is in complete control of the vehicle and the system does not interfere with driving.

    Driver
    System
  • Space Drive Needed
    Space Drive recommended

    LEVEL 1 | ASSISTED

    The driver is in control of the vehicle, but the system can modify the speed and steering direction of the vehicle.

    Driver
    System
  • Space Drive Needed
    Space Drive recommended

    LEVEL 2 | PARTIAL AUTOMATION

    The driver must be able to control the vehicle if corrections are needed, but the driver is no longer in control of the speed and steering of the vehicle.

    Driver
    System
  • Space Drive Needed
    Space Drive recommended

    LEVEL 3 | CONDITIONAL AUTOMATION

    The system is in complete control of vehicle functions such as speed, steering, and monitoring the environment, but the driver must be present to provide any corrections when needed.

    Driver
    System
  • Space Drive Needed
    Space Drive recommended

    LEVEL 4 | HIGH AUTOMATION

    The system is in complete control of the vehicle and human presence is no longer needed, but its applications are limited to specific conditions.

    Driver
    System
  • Space Drive Needed
    Space Drive recommended

    LEVEL 5 | FULL AUTOMATION

    The system is in complete control of the vehicle and human presence is no longer needed. The system is capable of providing the same aspects of a level 4, but the system can adapt to driving conditions.

    Driver
    System

Off-Highway Applications

Off the road: Driverless driving also possible from a second control station.

Safe technology: Space Drive enables vehicle operation in critical situations without anybody sitting in the cockpit. The driver gets out of the vehicle, activates the radio remote control and controls the vehicle from the outside. Ideal for humanitarian missions, military purposes or extreme terrain:

  • Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  • Rescue from tunnels or below ground
  • Piste grooming where there is an avalanche risk
  • Demolition work where there is a danger of collapse
  • Hazardous fire-fighting – airport fire services, chemical spills
  • Loading and discharging hazardous substances
  • Mine detection/mine clearance/convoy (unmanned)
  • Transport/logistics
  • Monitoring/reconnaissance
  • Protection and supply
  • Driving assistance/lane assistance
  • Disaster control (forest fires, avalanche accidents, plant and industrial accidents)
  • Mining
  • Underground engineering
  • Driving school/training
  • Energy sector (monitoring of oil/gas pipelines and power plants)
  • Military Solutions

Deployment for utility and special vehicles

Steering systems and much more for forestry and agricultural engineering. Municipal vehicle construction.

Local authorities use Space-Drive technology in their fleets, there is a great deal of interest amongst the agricultural community and drive-by-wire is also gaining recognition in haulage and at depots. Examples of situations in which conventional driving can be combined with remote control or programmed procedures include:

  • Deploying mowers on steep slopes
  • Operation of auto cranes, concrete pumps, crawler tractors etc.
  • Manoeuvring large loads in confined spaces - heavy haulage
  • Using special tractors in viticulture - extreme slopes
  • Automated deployment of GPS-controlled harvesters
  • Active trailer control - electronic steering axles
  • Etc. etc.

Driverless test systems and autonomous "pilot vehicles"

Endurance and precision for special tasks

The redundant drive-by-wire system SPACE DRIVE is predestined for autonomous vehicle testing and sensor technology. Typical applications are durability tests (e.g., 24 hour tests) dynamic tests (Durability Tests), dynamic sensor tests, ADAS evaluation, vehicle misuse tests, high speed tests. The PARAVAN system can also be used as an advance vehicle for autonomous test drives for the autonomous control of "hare vehicles". Recorded test tracks can be recorded by the TrueTrack system from PARAVAN and can be traced pecisely as often as possible. The vehicles can be stopped at any time by means of a control room or remote control. Can also be used as a retrofit solution for almost all vehicle types.

Industrial applications

Control of 12-V or 24-V servo motors for a wide range of industrial applications.

There is a wide range of possible applications for Space Drive beyond the automotive sector. Multifunctional motor control via LIN, CAN or FlexRay, by laptop or remote control is ideally suited to partially- and fully-automated processes:

  • Robotic applications
  • Production lines - car manufacturers
  • Lift controller – freight, passenger or special lifts
  • Rudder control on ships
  • Etc. etc.

More quality of life: Mobility for disabled people

Space Drive is a system that is unrivalled in the world – a real breakthrough. It allows persons with low residual strength, a large girth, minimum movement capabilities and even those without limbs to safely drive a car. With Space Drive, you activate the brake, accelerator, and steering wheel (and of course all the other functions) using driving aids controlled by microprocessors. These transmit the signals in nanoseconds to two servo motors for the brake and accelerator and two others for the steering ("Drive by Wire"). We configure the single modules individually. We readjust the software and hardware on-site if your clinical picture changes.