BBC Autos Why do we use steering wheels instead of joysticks?

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now allows us to control a vehicle’s using drive-by-wire or steer-by-wire Simply put, this electrical signals can alter the of a car’s wheels, rather relying on a mechanical connection the wheel, steering rack, axle and front wheels. In Nissan became the first automaker to add a fully electric option in its Infiniti Q50 sedan incidentally experienced a small in December 2013).

But steer-by-wire systems offer than just an electronic over a mechanical one; it sets the groundwork for us to move our around differently such as a simple joystick.

Saab with joystick steering in its prototype more than 20 ago, and mainstream carmakers throw them into concept vehicles, but the device has caught on. To find out how drivers about ditching the steering we took to Quora.com. the online and answer community, to gauge the public’s appetite for a joystick-controlled

Complicating the movement

Joysticks are to manipulate and have a tighter of motion than a steering which on the surface may seem but Quora commenter Michael argues is problematic. Joysticks are sensitive by virtue of the relatively geometry of movement, so a small could have a big impact on the a car is traveling, he wrote. A steering with its much larger of motion, is far more forgiving.

McWatters also said a 360-degree range of motion be confusing to drivers accustomed to turning a wheel left or What if a user, in a panic, a joystick forward as a bracing instinctively when approaching a jam?

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the technology may exist for joysticks to steering wheels, Quora Faheem Gill thinks switching over to joysticks in a broader conversation about the of the automobile. This is one of those that the industry has looked and it’s a function of a bigger vs. mechanical operating system he wrote.

Siding with safety and

Klaus Reichert said joysticks won’t replacing wheels because of drivers’ to major change, and also a steering wheel allows to use both hands to react to quickly.

Jack Dahlgren that point, arguing while automobiles have from a simple geared-steering to power steering and on to drive-by systems, for safety reasons it is desirable to have a non-electronic system, so the wheel may still not

Even with the advent of steering systems, there are advantages to steering wheels, says, such as their to relay issues with a tires or alignment, house an air bag and a driver an “anchor” to clasp manoeuvring through a choppy Those reasons alone are to prefer a wheel over a

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