Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the disappearance of the traditional steering wheel in all models of its electric vehicles.
Reported by Car and Driver.
So the updated Tesla Model S got an unusually shaped steering wheel – it’s a clunky U-shaped steering wheel without a top bar.
Car and Driver has asked the National Transportation Safety Board for comment on the legality of using the steering wheel in modern production vehicles. USA (NHTSA). The department responded that it did not “approve” the decision, but was unable to draw conclusions before the vehicle went on sale, adding that manufacturers were responsible for complying with current safety regulations.
Interestingly, so far none of the regulatory documents USA the shape of the car steering wheel is not regulated, the only requirement for this part is a guarantee of safety for the user.
Proponents of the steering wheel argue that the driving experience or safety is not compensated in any way by the use of a wheel instead of a normal wheel. Also, the absence of the top opens up a better view of the dash. The only criticism is the small touch sensitive buttons on the steering wheel.
The fact that the “steering wheel” extends to other Tesla models is confirmed by spy photos of the updated Tesla Model X crossover, which shows a similar steering wheel.
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