Motion & Energy – Holistic powertrain concepts

Innovation, agility, safety, efficiency – these are just a few of the many aspects that can make or break a motion & energy use case. One of the great challenges in this field today is transitioning to and optimizing new powertrains. Car manufacturers are also increasingly adopting new chassis functions such as rear axle steering, torque vectoring, damper control, and x-by-wire in their models.

Individual powertrain solutions for the software-defined vehicle.

Differentiation via the powertrain and comfort features

These days, automakers are driven to develop an efficient and sustainable powertrain. E-mobility opens the door to fresh business opportunities, but also attracts new competitors. Internal combustion engines have advantages that cannot simply be ported to another breed of drive. The pressure is on to come up with the most innovative and safest vehicle concept. It takes short development cycles, innovation, and quality to attain and maintain a dominant position on the market. But the competition never rests. Rivals are busy developing diverse powertrains and bringing new chassis functions to market. ITK Engineering supports its customers in motion & energy use cases – specifically, with powertrain and chassis development, control engineering, and longitudinal/lateral dynamics.

Electronic control unit with inverter software from the ITK software toolkit as the basis for e-mobility.

Inverter software

More in-vehicle software means far higher development costs and a lot more coordination with suppliers. This is why speed and efficiency are so important in development. ITK Engineering offers a software kit for inverter software. It serves to meet the customer’s unique requirements – with more flexibility, higher quality, and greater transparency.

Electrification of the powertrain by using torque vectoring.

Torque vectoring

One of the key challenges here is to seamlessly integrate the solution into the vehicle’s current control system. This is a very complex task. Multitudes of parameters and sensor data have to be analyzed to calculate the optimum torque for each wheel. Engineers must rise to the occasion by developing real-time enabled systems that are functionally safe.

The customized rear-axle steering ensures the optimum motion sequence.

Rear axle steering

The motion sequence has to be analyzed and fine-tuned for optimum performance. It takes sophisticated algorithms and logic to calculate and implement the appropriate steering angle and speed. The steering system has to respond in real-time, which complicates matters. And functional safety is no less a daunting challenge.

Control of a vehicle using an electrical instead of a classic mechanical connection.


Engineers tasked to develop a steer-by-wire system know from the get-go what the number-one requirement will be – reliability. This is why the software has to be fault-tolerant. The ability to detect and respond to potential errors or failures is imperative. This requires comprehensive troubleshooting, testing, and validation. Engineers also have to analyze and assess risks and adhere to safety standards and guidelines. Developing these functions and systems is very much an exercise in managing complexity, real-time requirements, and integration.

Tailored motion & energy solutions

Putting our knowledge of methods into practice with the customer’s needs and regulatory requirements in mind, we develop motion & energy functions for tomorrow’s software-defined vehicle. With the benefit of our agile software development toolchain and CI/CD-based automated tests, we were able to ramp up a high-quality solution for rapid release. And we remain at our customer’s disposal to provide post-development support on the production line and, if necessary, to make adjustments on the fly. Determined to achieve our customers’ goals as quickly as possible, we make the most of our tools, one key asset being Model Predictive Control, or MPC for short.

ITK Engineering – creating a sustainable driving experience with customized solutions

We take new features to the production line. More than 30 years’ experience developing automotive systems and software has its benefits. This experience and the insights gained in countless projects in other sectors such as manufacturing, medical systems, railway engineering, and off-highway and commercial vehicles help us to develop efficient solutions tailored to suit the use case.

Bosch transporter with hydrogen fuel cell drive

Effective safety concept for hydrogen technology

Hydrogen technology plays an essential role in the mobility sector to realize the energy transition. We are able to define the necessary safety measures for the respective vehicle and corresponding use case as well as assist during the implementation and development phases of your projects, such as the Bosch prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell drive for vans.

Key Take Aways

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Extensive control engineering skill-set

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Methods-driven expertise honed over many years

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Seasoned software specialists

Unsolved challenges? We look forward to your inquiry.

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