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Wheel bearings – out of sight, but not out of mind for future mobility

It may not be the most glamorous of components, but the wheel bearing will play a key role in facilitating the quiet, comfortable drive required from cars and trucks of the future. By Freddie Holmes

While diminutive in size and housed out of sight, the wheel bearing is a crucial element to any form of road vehicle. Aside from its obvious role in securing the wheel to the axle, a bearing also facilitates the smooth and reliable ride that drivers are familiar with today. With a push towards autonomous vehicles, the importance of ride comfort and usable life will become ever more important, and further rises in e-commerce will emphasise the need for durable long-haul trucking.

As Fredrik Larsson, Head of Strategy and Technology Development, Automotive at SKF, explains, a vehicle cannot function effectively without today’s advanced wheel …

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