Roland Arnold & Paravan GmbH
Roland Arnold, the founder and managing director of Paravan GmbH, lost his father in a tragic accident when he was a young boy. Since this life-changing event, he has wanted to help people in need. As an adult, he struggled to make a living with a small tyre business and earned a little extra money by operating a combine harvester.
Paravan GmbH is born
The turning point in Roland Arnold’s life came in 1997 at a dreary car park on a motorway: In the pouring rain, he helped a woman who was having difficulties lifting her paraplegic husband into a car. This spontaneous action eventually led to the creation of PARAVAN. Roland Arnold’s vision was to give back mobility and a zest for life to people with disabilities. In a garage on his brother’s farm, he began working obsessively on innovative customised vehicles for disabled people. At first his efforts were greeted with ridicule and scepticism, but this soon gave way to extensive admiration.
The development of Space Drive
Arnold quickly turned his attention to developing a revolutionary drive-by-wire system (which was to become Space Drive) in order to make it possible for people with severe disabilities to become mobile again – or for the first time. His business and social commitment was driven by typical Swabian industriousness and virtually boundless ingenuity and inventiveness. In 2003, he acquired his first patents – and the components for the first generation of Space Drive were soon rolling off the line in his home factory. Paravan GmbH was then established in 2005. For his new company, Arnold built an ultra-modern 50,000 m² mobility park with his own money in Pfronstetten-Aichelau, a community with 270 inhabitants in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
Paravan has been the global market and quality leader for highly customised vehicles for disabled people since 2009. Today we can make use of a vibrant network of experts in the fields of medicine, research, technology, business and politics. Each day, we learn something new from our customers. We now have 180 employees as well as branch offices and partners all over the world. One thing remains the same, however: the satisfaction that comes from being able to do something useful.
1 billion km travelled
One of the highlights of our extensive product range is the multi-redundant Space Drive II system – the first street-legal drive-by-wire system in the world. This fail-safe digital control system is designed for flexible use in safety-relevant automotive applications with state-of-the-art drive-by-wire technology. Over the last 15 years, Paravan has accumulated more than 1 billion kilometres of experience around the world with its Space Drive drive-by-wire system.
Autonomous driving with Space Drive
Today, Paravan is utilising this wealth of experience to help renowned car manufacturers and automotive suppliers put autonomous and partially autonomous experimental vehicles, prototypes and functional models on the road safely with a multi-redundant drive-by-wire system.