Interesting post -- thanks.
I'll venture to say that wheels made a lot of sense when they were mechanically linked to the wheels since they solved both leverage and turning radius problems. Electronic linkage gives the car designer room for other choices since leverage is irrelevant and turning radius can be solved with a weighted algorithm.
I don't know if I will like the Tesla approach, but I'll be happy to try it out.
The only concerning detail I've heard is from the MLB blog that pointed out that Tesla has done away with the gear selector. Now the car decides, and over-ride is via the center screen. To quote MLB: "I don't know about that, chief."
It was mentioned in the comments somewhere, but one solution is to have a highly variable ratio that varies with the speed of the car. This apparently is not unprecedented. So basically at high speeds, it'll take a lot more movement to steer the car, but at low speeds, a lot less.That steering wheel belongs on a video game. As many have said, it'd be very dangerous if full lock is more than 1/2 turn, and even 1/2 turn would be too much for many to handle. And it'd make the car dangerous to many with that quick of a steering. Even our 2021 M3 LR with 1 turn full lock is already darty enough. I'm extremely surprised it passed federal standards; I bet there's no specific standard, since nobody thought an automaker would throw a wheel like that, so I bet that law will change quickly. That steering wheel is a deal-breaker to me. Plus that interior just looks downright goofy with the same exterior. An ultra modern interior on a stately (and old) exterior just doesn't make any sense to me. We'll see how it sells. The other bad news was the price increase. I was thinking about maybe getting one at $68K, but $80K? No thanks. Plus it'd probably wouldn't make sense to have both cars EVs, so will get another quiet ICE car instead.
...U wheels (and similar) are designed for race cars since the driver has to maintain a constant (and hard) grip on the wheel in cramped conditions...
Yep, and I seriously doubt the DOT will approve it! It is a nightmare for any kind of real driving or an emergency maneuver! I hate it!
really nice! I can't see anything but that damn Koala face!!
...NHTSA is going to look at the new Model S steering wheel yoke...
..."wow I can see the benefits I wanna try that!"...