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Smart harvesting helpers, the Mars mission, or medical progress – every issue of driven is devoted to a different key topic. Read exciting stories from the maxon Group and immerse yourself in your favorite area of drive technology. Here you can download all issues of driven as PDF versions. 

Driven Issue 1/2024

Questions of the future, technology's answers.

Join us as we, alongside experts, peer into the future. We colonize Mars, decode the brain, and tackle climate change with artificial intelligence. Are we too optimistic? Is technology truly the solution? Explore what drives us forward in the future.

Driven issue 1/2022

Helping hands.

It’s important to have people who are there to help others in an emergency, but state-of-the-art technology can play a vital role, too. For successful rescue operations, humans and machines must form a powerful duo. We went on a mission with the team from Swiss Alpine Rescue in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Driven issue 2/2021

Walking robots and invisible drives.

Climbing, crawling, walking, or flying: Inspection robots can be found everywhere, and their numbers are expected to increase greatly in coming years. The red walking robot named ANYmal is an example of one designed to work in places that are dangerous for humans.

Driven issue 1/2021

The field of the future.

Robots can already be found in many barns. They feed animals, milk cows, and remove manure. But we are only at the beginning of a robotic evolution that is spreading through all areas of agriculture. In future, drones will monitor fields, spray plants with precision, or send important information to robot colleagues on the ground that pull out weeds and harvest fruit.

Driven issue 2020

The 4th planet.

The successful launch of NASA’s Mars mission “Mars 2020” on July 30, 2020, was one of the highlights of the summer. maxon worked with NASA for three years on drives for this mission.


Driven issue 2/2019

Think tank.

When the fridge talks to the TV and the mobile phone, then digitization has clearly reached our private homes. However, what about companies? How will Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence change the way we collaborate with our customers? Which services will we be offering in the future? Will there still be people working in the factories? Understand the technical terms used to describe smart factories, and learn why some technologies are longer in the coming than initially hoped for.


Driven issue 1/2019

Silent revolution.

Fifty years ago, who would have thought that a family can go on a holiday trip in their car without burning a drop of gasoline? Or that even untrained cyclists could tour the mountains? Or that pulling weeds could be a task for robots, not people? These are only three of many examples that show the influence of electric drive systems on our daily lives and our mobility. 


Driven issue 2/2018

Ready for take-off.

An ever-increasing number of people have the means of traveling by air. Planes are becoming ever more efficient – in part due to electric drive systems, which are increasingly replacing the old hydraulic systems. Several hundred drive systems are installed in every modern long-haul airliner these days. In this issue, we show you where they are.


Driven issue 1/2018

The fruits of research.

Engineers frequently use nature as inspiration when they develop new technology. This is because humans, animals, and plants have evolved over the course of millions of years and are perfectly adapted to their respective environments. While we seldom manage to copy the prototypes from nature one to one, we are increasingly getting better at it, as the two impressive examples of hand and foot prostheses in this issue show


Driven issue 2/2017

This is the future!

Many of those who decide to become engineers or technicians want to improve the world through technology. There is no lack of creative ideas and start-ups are frequently ideal platforms for implementing these ideas. If all fits together, creativity merges with motivation and hard work in these small and flexible companies. Success then becomes only a matter of time.


Driven issue 1/2017

Invisible daily helpers.

It often goes unnoticed, but you come across our DC motors, gearheads, and controllers on a daily basis. For example, in public transport like trains, buses, or planes. Even when you get into an elevator, hidden drives open and close the doors. These invisible helpers seldom are noticed, yet they have become of utmost importance in our everyday activities.


Driven issue 2/2016

People. Medicine. Technology.

Innovation is a word that gets used quite a lot. Everybody wants to be innovative – advanced, intelligent, cutting-edge. However, there is no industry where these attributes are a better fit than medical technology. In this field, more than 12,474 new patents were registered in 2015 alone.


Driven issue 1/2016

The mysteries of the deep.

Vessels dive to find wrecks and investigate the underwater world. You might think that exploring the depths of the ocean would be a breeze compared with a mission to Mars, but you'd be wrong. The extremely high pressure and aggressive salt water create major problems for mechatronic components. That's probably the reason why so few suppliers have been bold enough to venture into this market, despite the fact that there's so much to discover in the ocean, from historic wrecks and ancient treasure to raw materials.


Driven issue 2/2015

Your friend and ...

Machines in industrial operations are becoming more precise and intelligent – they can provide direct assistance to people. At the same time, engineers are developing robots that can carry out tasks independently in catastrophe zones. And in Asia, Pepper is driving everybody crazy. The demand is already enormous.


Driven issue 1/2015

Heading for new worlds.

The Moon, the Sun, and Mars in the spotlight: We live in an exciting time where science is exploring some big questions. What is the origin of water? And of life? How did our solar system form? Many clues can be found in space or on other planets. This is why we send out more and more sophisticated probes and robots to look for answers.


Driven issue 2/2014

The operating room of the future.

Physicians have been improving our health, our looks, and our lifespan for centuries. The difference from earlier times is that today, they have state-of-the-art tools at their disposal, such as surgical robots and precision tools for complex operations. Researchers are even developing a miniature pump to support circulation. High tech is conquering the operating room – and maxon is an important part of that.


Driven issue 1/2014

Revved up.

On the racetrack, every turn counts. The same is true for the road. This is one reason why engineers are developing ever smarter assistance systems for us drivers. Be it for efficient engine performance, better aerodynamics, or improved safety. This usually requires small, reliable drives that generate a lot of power without taking up too much space. In this issue of driven, find out where maxon motors are used in racing cars and passenger cars. In other news: Kenshiro, a 1.58 m tall humanoid robot, is an attempt to understand human movement through its tendon-controlled movements. And youBot, the research robot from KUKA Robotics, is trying to revolutionize industrial research.


Driven Best 2013

High tech cameras Lightning fast and legendary.

maxon drive systems are used in countless applications, for example, in medical technology, aerospace, or the communications sector. These were also the focus topics in our three issues of driven in 2013. We compiled the best stories, interviews, and technical reports in a “best of” magazine. Read the interview with robot expert Rob Knight, learn how high-tech cameras shoot high-resolution pictures as quick as a flash. Be amazed at how people learn to walk again thanks to state-of-the-art prostheses, and discover what it would be like to live as a little green man on Mars.