Nexteer invests in electric power steering test facilities

Nexteer Automotive is investing approximately $12m (£7.4m) in new test and validation facilities that will help produce even quieter and smoother electric power steering (EPS) systems for hybrid/electric vehicles.

The investment will support the company’s plans to leverage further technology breakthroughs for aggressive global growth.

Common sources of noise on some EPS systems are squeaks, rattle, rotational noise and reversal clunk, which occur when the steering wheel changes direction quickly.

Nexteer’s development and production processes eliminate these issues to produce steering systems with minimum noise and vibration. The company’s mechanical designs and product-specific noise control software enhance the driving experience by minimising the radiation and transmission of noise and vibration.