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Steering of Cars and Trucks - State of the Art
Published January 01, 1986 by Yugoslavia Society of Automotive Engineer in Serbia
A steering gear perfectly adjusted to the vehicle it is fitted to has always been, and will always be, of utmost importance. The steering gear is on the one hand a top safety component which must reliably withstand the loads it is subjected to, and on the other hand the drivers' requirements in terms of comfort are still increasing. This is why steering efforts have continously decreased over the years without causing, however, a lack of road feel in straight ahead driving or during cornering. It is also unquestioned that a certain influence of the driving speed on the steering torque is desirable.
Though the technical and technological level of the steering systems fitted to passenger cars and commercial vehicles is high, manufacturers continue striving for reduced mounting space, diminished energy consumption, increased safety and, last but not least, reduced cost. The kind of energy that will in the future be available to the power assisted units on the vehicle will no doubt exert great influence on the development of steering systems