Engineer Porn: Siemens VDO's eCorner

The wizards of gestalt at Siemens VDO are working on a system to combine drivetrain, steering, shock absorbers and brakes into the wheels of future cars. They're calling the concept eCorner, and it's the basis for a more widespread use of drive-by-wire technologies, which replace mechanical control technologies (like, say, clutch cables) with electronic ones. The eCorner system, the company says, will also give designers more freedom to build cars with electric drivetrains and electronic controls. They'll have a battle on their hands with Mitsubishi, which has already shown several concepts that incorporate its in-wheel MIEV technologies.

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