Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems, produced its 30 millionth electric power steering (EPS) unit.
What is an EPS Unit?
EPS uses a combination of electric motors, actuators, sensors and controllers to give drivers the best steering control for all driving conditions. It also gives feedback to the driver – known as the "feel of the road." EPS plays a key role in a car or truck's personality and performance.
In addition, EPS is the gateway technology to autonomous driving of the future. Nexteer is paving the way from EPS to the future of "intuitive motion control" with its in-house software, electrical and mechanical EPS building blocks. Nexteer's safety-critical components play a key role in "Advanced Driver Assistance Systems" – or ADAS.
EPS Benefits Drivers, Environment
Drivers on the road benefit from Nexteer's EPS too. Drivers save money at the pump and reduce their vehicle's environmental impact. Using these systems can reduce fuel consumption by up to six percent and CO2 emissions by 8g/km, and Nexteer estimates that its EPS systems have helped save almost 3 billion gallons of gas since 1999.
Steve Spicer, Global Product Line Executive – Electric Steering, said, "Hitting this significant milestone comes at an exciting time as we celebrate not only how far we've come, but also where we're heading with EPS and other technologies on the path to Advanced Driver Assist Systems and autonomous driving."
How Drivers Benefit from Nexteer's Electric Power Steering
- • Saves money at the pump
- • Minimizes drivers' carbon footprint
- • Gives drivers the "feel of the road"
- • Gives a car or truck its "personality" and performance
- • Enhances safety and steering control in all driving conditions
EPS Benefits to Vehicle Manufacturers
Automotive manufactures have been putting Nexteer's EPS systems into vehicles since 1999. Nexteer's EPS systems encompass the full range of vehicles, from small A-B segments to full-size pickups and from sports cars to light commercial vehicles.
Nexteer offers EPS Systems with in-house design, manufacturing and validation. Due to this approach, automotive manufacturers reap many benefits.
How Vehicle Manufacturers Benefit from Nexteer's Electric Power Steering
- • Brushless motor technology means high efficiency, improved steering
- • Greater quality, technology, performance and value
- • Modular, compact designs fit the smallest cars to the largest trucks
- • Seamlessly integrates with OEMs' vehicle systems
- • Decreases vehicle weight, increases fuel efficiency
- • Faster response, rapid design iterations and streamlined supply chain
- • Paves the way to Advanced Driver Assist Technologies
Where Nexteer Manufactures EPS Units
The company achieved this production milestone through the combined efforts of its global manufacturing facilities in:
- • Saginaw, MI
- • Tychy, Poland
- • Gliwice, Poland
- • Suzhou, China
- • Chongqing, China
- • Queretaro, Mexico
- • Porto Alegre, Brazil
Nexteer Automotive (HK:1316) is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business solely dedicated to electric and hydraulic steering systems, steering columns and driveline products for original equipment manufacturers. The company is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its 11,000 workforce serves more than 50 customers in every major region of the world. The company has 20 manufacturing plants, five regional engineering centers and nine customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive's customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota, and PSA Peugeot Citroen, as well as automakers in India, China, and South America. www.nexteer.com