HELLA has commenced series production of the latest product generation of steering electronics.
Steering electronics are the basis for electric power steering. By assisting the steering with the aid of an electronically controlled electric motor when required, they aim to improve the energy efficiency of vehicles.
The modules, which are designed as a fail operational system, represent an essential key component for automated driving. They will be manufactured at the HELLA electronics plant in Amexhe, Mexico.
A North American automotive supplier of steering and drive components will initially be supplied with this component and further customer projects for fail operational designs are currently under development with start of production due in 2022.
HELLA has been producing steering electronics for various customers for more than 10 years and the 30 millionth steering control module rolled off the production line in Hamm (Germany) at the beginning of the year. In addition, since 2017, the products have been manufactured in China, with further sites in Germany and Romania also starting production.
Björn Twiehaus, who is responsible for the Electronics division on the HELLA Management Board, explained: “Our business success is primarily due to the fact that, as a technology leader, we offer a high-performance, scalable product that can be easily adapted to different customer requirements. Our steering electronics also increase vehicle efficiency and are indispensable components for automated driving as fail operational systems.”