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Development of General Purpose Drive Module and Drive Platform

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.34 No.1

Summary

A general purpose drive module that consolidates the functions needed for driving, such as drive, steering, and impact absorption, and a drive platform equipped with a cooperative control function that governs the driving functions and is easily connectable to an autonomous drive function were developed. This paper describes the configuration of the drive module, the system configuration of a drive platform consisting of four drive modules, and the steerability achieved by cooperative control. An autonomous delivery robot based on this drive platform was developed with Rakuten Group, Inc. and the effectiveness of the drive platform was confirmed in driving demonstration tests conducted on the University of Tsukuba campus with the support of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. Use of this general purpose drive module and cooperative control technology enables the efficient creation of various forms of electric mobility.

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Author (organization or company)

Jun ITOH(Life Creation Center)、Yoshinori MASUBUCHI(Life Creation Center)