Have you ever thought of a scenario where you’re driving left in England and driving a right-hander? In Germany, however, the left-hander is driven on the right. If the vehicle can enter different countries, it can be converted into a corresponding left and right rudder vehicle driving. It may sound strange, but Volvo has really shown off the technology.
Volvo recently showed off a new patent on steering systems that allows for a scene from a sci-fi movie that “changes the left and right positions of the steering wheel,”media reported.
The steering system allows the steering wheel to be swapped left and right through the track and can even be placed in a central position.
The steering wheel can be changed from left to right, essentially to meet the needs of autonomous driving technology.
Because the future of autonomous driving technology to the Development of The Level 4 or Leaf 5, this issue is very important, determines the future of automatic (unmanned) driving cars, and self-driving system internal design and functional improvements.
Although Volvo has been pre-eminvested, it has taken a long time for Volvo to file patent applications for such steering systems.
It is reported that as early as 2014, the Rinspeed Xchang E concept car, equipped with such a switchable position steering system. The 2018 Lagonda Vision Concept also features a steering wheel sliding from one side of the car to the other.
Rinspeed Xchang E concept car.
However, in the current scenario West, such systems do not have much practical value. But this also represents the future of the car wheel layout technology application prospects.
The difficulty with this technology is the central screen arranged in the car, as the steering system must pass through the screen in order to pan from the left to the right. And this may also bring translucent mid-control screens for the future.