During your visit to the Show, be sure to take a look at the Teslas and Lexus. Perhaps you will discover one of the trends of the hour: the half-moon steering wheel. Baptized Yoke in reference to its aeronautical origins, this steering wheel with unusual shapes results from the development of an entirely electronic steering system. The latter has the particularity of having no physical link with the wheels as is currently the case. A technical breakthrough which will not only lead to the disappearance of the cumbersome and heavy traditional steering column, but will provide even more latitude in terms of settings. Finally, this innovation will isolate the steering wheel from road vibrations.
The big screen
The dashboard as we knew it has had its day. Already, we are witnessing the proliferation of high-definition panoramic screens. Some are so large that they line the entire width of the cabin. Using a wheel, a pull tab or even a touch screen, you can scroll through menus without it being necessary to take your eyes off the road. Several physical buttons, such as air conditioning, driving aids or seat adjustment, have “disappeared” in the tree structure of this screen that is handled like that of a smartphone.
All for one, one for all
With the mass electrification of its products, the automotive industry is beginning a new chapter in its history, but still retains some lessons from the past. One of them consists in multiplying the variants by offering several models from an identical technical platform. A proven method for reducing construction costs. These extrapolations drive a sort of leveling up: the comfort, reliability and performance of all these cars are identical. Only the exterior design, the presentation and the quality of the materials in the cabin differ. At the wheel, driving sensations and road behavior are almost the same from one model to another.
Today, many vehicles know how to park themselves, straighten the steering wheel in a bend and go straight as an arrow without the slightest intervention on your part. We are not yet completely uninterested in the steering wheel, but manufacturers are working on it. In the name of safeguarding the pleasure of driving, several motorists are already protesting against this advance, even if this notion becomes rather uncertain when one is stuck in traffic. In fact, the debate seems largely generational if the manufacturers are to be believed. They believe that autonomous driving will reconcile them with young people who apparently do not want to drive.