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What is Félix Godard doing with the steering wheel?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Sonny Daze, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Sonny Daze

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    Topher Energy Curmudgeon

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    There is a LOT you can do in the design of a steering wheel without adding new technology. Last time new tech was added was airbags?

    Thank you kindly.
     
  3. Garlan Garner

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    Anti Theft

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  4. sparkypete

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    Sonny - yes I think his involvement means there will be more to the Model 3 interior than most on this forum believe. Musk seems very confident that he doesn't need to add any more screens. I think that means steering and/or a thin strip on the dashboard are bound to feature and give the 'spaceship' feel he mentioned. It makes sense for this to be held back as a wow-factor for the final reveal along with a higher than expected range.
     
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    I'd hate to get hit with that when the airbag deploys :D
     
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    Woah. From certain angles that could even be considered spaceship like!
     
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  7. graphix25

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    An innovative steering wheel design is very likely outcome of the model 3 reveal, in addition to general refinement of the interior design. The key interface between an autonomous capable car and the human driver is the steering wheel. How do you gracefully transfer control between human and autonomous machine is pretty important element of the design. If you were building a car capable of level 4 autonomy a lot of care would be taken on this critical element.

    Sure we may not be getting a augmented reality HUD in version 1 of the car but my suspicious is we are going to get a interesting and cool steering wheel design.


     
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    What kind of "cool" are you expecting? Tech? Or aesthetic design? How so?

    Remember we won't see any new tech that isn't already on Model S/X (although they may launch new tech at the same time).

    Is it? One would think that an autonomous car doesn't need a steering wheel at all. Therefore the interface is largely irrelevant. Unless you're talking about some retracting steering wheel that goes away when you enable Autopilot, in which case there's no way it'll be something dynamic like that. Too expensive.
     
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    Clearly they are going to re invent the wheel....
     
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    The new tech will be the additional information in the single screen.
    The new tech will be the 2170 battery pack that won't be in the MS/MX
    The new tech will be the all glass top.
    The new tech will be the absence of unnecessary tech.
    The new tech will be the absence of the self-presenting door handles and falcon wing doors.
     
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    I don't know if you can call removing features a 'new tech'...o_O
     
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    I think so.
    Removing ICE cars will create EV cars.
     
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    I'm talking about your last 2 sentences of removing features from Model S and X. Nothing related with ICE cars. My point is removing existing features from previous models can't be called as a 'new technology'.
     
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    #14 Garlan Garner, Apr 4, 2017
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    I think so.

    No Tesla has door handles like the M3. ( new ).
     
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    Not from Felix but this could work and they even have a similar setup to the Model 3.

     
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    Hahahahahahahahaha They need to hire you in PR ASAP!
     
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    My reference of "cool" from a design perspective not technology. It's a flipping steering wheel not sure what kind of new technology one could apply to be frank. I don't view autonomous as a black and white situation. Sure an autonomous taxi doesn't need a steering wheel. But a daily driver personal vehicle would be used in mix mode. Sometimes autonomous, sometimes driven by the human. Personally I like driving so autonomy will simply be a convenience feature. The ability to smoothly transfer control from human the autonomous machine should be done gracefully. How you enable and disable autopilot, how the user is made clear who is control will all be taken into account I suspect into the steering wheel design. If you have seen the design drawings of the model 3 you can see they were looking to rethink the steering interface at some level.

    We will see at the final reveal in June/July but my money says we are going to get a nice interesting design for a steering wheel. I'm buying the model 3 either way. Just something fun to speculate on while we wait.

     
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    I think Elon may have been convinced to give up on the "space ship controls" and "new tech" for the initial release due to profit and production concerns...but I hope I'm wrong.
     
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    I'm not so sure about that.

    My wise-grips get stolen all the time by contractors...
     

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