Delta Motorsport has developed an autonomous-capable electric vehicle testbed, which the company calls the Delta S2. An aluminum skateboard-style chassis, it is engineered to enable complete flexibility in vehicle length, width, ride height and wheelbase. Its brain is Delta’s highly flexible platform master controller (PMC), which enables rapid and low-risk development of new vehicle configurations.
Delta’s PMC accommodates an almost infinite range of drive, steering and braking system configurations, also taking control of interfaces with the battery system, charger and all other ancillary high-voltage components. Integrated within the PMC is Delta’s vehicle dynamics control capability, which offers benefits from simple traction control right up to electronic stability program (ESP) capability.
“Many companies are developing the artificial intelligence required for autonomous vehicles, but they do not necessarily have a vehicle capable of delivering their vision,” commented Simon Dowson managing director of Delta. “The flexibility of the S2 chassis and the integration of the platform master controller allows the delivery of multiple configurations quickly and at low cost.”