New Car Steering Concept Could Save Countless Lives
Problems With Today's Car Steering Systems
A revolutionary new steering concept for cars could save countless lives. But how? As of now, a motorist might have to move his/her steering wheel up to two-and-a-half revolutions from lock to lock. This, of course, takes a considerable amount of time – time that is critical if the car has to move sharply to avoid a collision. Furthermore, whereas motorists are taught to shuffle the wheel through their hands most instinctively favour the arm over arm technique in tricky situations. This can be fiddly and it is easy to lose track of where the front wheels are pointing. Also, a driver that applies to much lock relative to the vehicle's speed might face several problems. The car, for example, could under-steer which is the phenomenon whereby it runs wide on a corner as the front tyres loose grip. Even more hazardous, it might over-steer as the rear tyres lose traction then spin out of control. Both these problems can be resolved by a top-notch driver but the techniques are beyond the capabilities of the average motorist. Plus, of course, in extreme cases fast steering relative to speed can cause a vehicle to roll over onto its roof.
Revolutionary New Car Steering Concept Explained
The new steering concept – if it is successfully trialled and installed on production vehicles – should address many or all of these concerns. How? Because it would be a yoke-like device that only requires a quarter turn in either direction from the upright position. This would enable the motorist to keep his/her hands in the same spot on the steering wheel which would sidestep the arm over arm issue. It should also help the vehicle turn quicker if it faces an unexpected, sudden, hazard. Furthermore, a computer would record how far the steering device is turned, the speed it is turned, and the vehicle's velocity. It would then determine how far the front wheels should move to perform the manoeuvre without jeopardising the vehicle's stability. It should therefore prevent the motorist turning to fast and rolling the car, etc. This concept will now be tested to establish whether it is safe, reliable, effective and intuitive. If successful, it could be fitted to forthcoming production vehicles relatively easily. However, it might take some time before motorists embrace such a radical change to a fundamental system.