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About that "yoke" steering wheel


Dec 15, 2014
>>The main maneuver I'm concerned about with the yoke? Not turning. Straightening out - where you usually let the wheel slide in your fingers back to its default position, but are ready to grab it / stop the rotation when necessary.<<

That's another "con" that hadn't come to mind - yes, you DO let the wheel slide back to neutral almost all the time you make any real turn. Perhaps it would work with a yoke, but I wouldn't bet on it.
Only a problem if you need to turn a certain angle at least. Less so if they reduced lock to lock turns needed.


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Sep 30, 2015
Seattle area, WA
Slightly off topic but saw this teaser video (end of Article) today for a new Lexus EV with "yoke" steering wheel.
Concept car only, so mostly for show (while testing out new tech "under the hood"). Attached is an illustration of the difference (from Toyota actually, which is the parent company of Lexus). Yoke is like the glass doors, you can argue potentially unsafe, but never made production, so moot point.

EDIT: Also attaching a picture from today's Lexus EV reveal, showing a translucent phone, probably not making production either. ;)
EDIT2: Here is an Lexus concept from 2 years ago, also has a yoke: Lexus teases its first electric vehicles with a wild drone-deploying concept car, and the one from today: The LF-Z concept shows just how far Lexus has to go in EVs


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Jun 22, 2016
Silver Spring, MD
Only a problem if you need to turn a certain angle at least. Less so if they reduced lock to lock turns needed.
Virtually every turn can use this technique with a wheel, which allows for a great deal of precise, constant control with minimal arm or hand movement while also allowing the driver to keep his/her/their eyes on the road at all times. Anything similar with a yoke would require ridiculous yoke-wheel turn ratios (eg as little as 60 degrees yoke turn to fully turn the front wheels, making a left turn with the left hand) or using the outside of the hand to “control” the yoke through a revolution.
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Mar 17, 2016
Bensalem, PA
That's exactly my issue with the changes! They are solutions to non-existent problems. Every other radical UI/control system change we've had in the Model S or Model 3 before this was to improve functionality or usability. I'm just not convinced that there is anything to be gained from the new wheel or especially from the new button controls on the wheel. As someone who has worked on airplane cockpit design before for high-end business jets, there is a lot of bad design practice going on here.

I'm hopeful the AI PRND isn't a nightmare, but all it takes is one botched multi-point turn in a crowded parking lot to piss off the users and erase the time savings from normal operation. Again, it's a move with very limited upside and significant downside. Sure, if it works perfectly it'll be a minor convenience, but there is a lot of risk of operator backlash here. Any touchscreen implementation of shifting is going to be less convenient if the driver has to look at a screen to make sure they are selecting the right button. Critical functions need tactile feedback or different activation mechanisms than non critical functions.
My wife traded her 2006 Lexus 400H (Hybrid) for a 2018 Lexus 450H. Instead of the touchscreen, it required manipulating a center console joystick to select controls on the screen. After 2 months of dangerous driving, she traded that for a Highlander with a normal touchscreen. BTW, we decided to maintain one ICE car for now along with my MX.
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Apr 17, 2021
Gilbert, AZ
I know this has been a controversial topic with many unsure what the yoke steering wheel will be like. Well fortunately for the curious, there is one good example of someone driving the KITT car on the public roads that talks about why it is not great for sharp turns.

See 3:05 in this video:

Also, the NHTSA is looking into whether it is even actually legal for them to produce it:

NHTSA Not Sure If Tesla Can Actually Sell Yoke-Shaped Steering Wheel | Carscoops
I have been looking to replace my 2016 model S but will not do so as long as the yoke steering wheel is the only option. Don't like it at all.
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Jan 29, 2019
Austin, TX
Thought this was interesting. Not sure if this has been known for a while but it appears that the Mercedes Project One hypercar (which is fixing to enter production this year) is also using a yoke-style wheel based on one of their recent facebook commercials.

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Aug 1, 2015
Honestly, I cannot see the attraction, especially given the many compromises and especially in combination with removal of all the operating stalks. But I know, I have said that before and am beating a dead horse. Tesla will do what it does....
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