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Cars Used test: BMW X2 vs Volvo XC40

19:40  09 october  2020
19:40  09 october  2020 Source:   whatcar.com

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diagram, engineering drawing: Volvo Sliding Steering Wheel Patent © Motor1.com Copyright Volvo Sliding Steering Wheel Patent

It’ll allow for both right- and left-hand-drive configurations.

Automakers file patents for things that never see production all the time. When you're trying to out-innovate the next guy, you try a bit of everything because you don't know what will work and what won't. This could explain Volvo's new patent application because it's an odd one – a sliding steering wheel. No, Volvo isn't rethinking the tilt-and-telescoping feature. It's a steering wheel that slides from one side of the vehicle to the other, allowing for both left- and right-hand drive.

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Volvo's sliding steer-by-wire steering wheel system is designed for a highly automated – not fully automated – vehicle and allows a person to control the vehicle from either seat. The patent puts the steering wheel on a track while offering two solutions for the instrument cluster – a dash-spanning screen that sits behind the wheel or a small one that slides with the wheel. The pedals are there, though the patent describes pressure-sensitive floor panel sensors across the floor that are activated by the wheel's position that allows for brake and accelerator inputs.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office via The Drive

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