A German automotive supplier has presented a development that could make parking easier in the future.
ZF, an automotive supplier from Friedrichshafen, has developed a front axle concept with which steering angles of up to 80° can be achieved.
In videos, the manufacturer uses a converted BMW i3 to show what the increased steering angle does. The front axle is far superior to conventional steering systems, especially when parking in tight spaces.
The turning circle of the test vehicle with the Easyturn spring strut front axle concept is just 3.5 times the vehicle width. Even on narrow roads, the vehicle can turn from a standing start.
Easyturn could not only be installed in cars, trucks would also benefit from the reduced turning circle.
However, the wheels need more space in the wheel arches, which is why the design of the vehicles has to be adapted to the changed steering.