Why The JoystickControlled Car Will Never Die Or Actually Happen

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Why The Joystick-Controlled Car Will Never Die Or Happen

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The of steering cars by joystick has around quite a while, by aircraft controls. At the start of the jet everyone secretly wanted to be a … jet pilot, and car makers as smitten as anyone, creating jet-inpired concept cars the Ford FX Atmos and GM’s series. which on the Firebird III joystick control for the car.

The has never really gone since. In the 50s and 60s it was really more of a device for show cars, hydraulics and mechanical linkages they actually bothered to them functional at all. In the ’70s and into the ’80s, as started to …, the plausibility of vehicles became much viable technically, and you started to see experimental vehicles built not for flashiness, but as real driver-experience


Saab experimented with a drive-by-wire system back in but the main goal there was safety than re-thinking control. At the time, it was not at all certain airbag systems could be into steering wheels, so the of the steering wheel and column as a feature, leaving plenty of for airbags and organ-harvesters and whatnot like a great idea.

then, concept of the joystick car shows no signs of …, if it never actually makes it to Joystick controlled concepts popping up, and they always get a lot of attention. Mercedes-Benz’ 1996 Imagination concept car even has its own page debunking rumors of its release, possibly sent to you by shut-in aunt as late as

Once modern drive-by-wire really started to come to a whole new wave of joystick-driving began. In 2009, we were about Toyota testing new cars. and in 2012 we were that Nissan’s on it as well. just last month BBC ran a whole post about why not using joysticks to drive yet.

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This won’t end. As as car makers want to make a bit of news from a concept removing the one component all drivers are familiar with will be an easy way to do it. It’s gimmicky and and for that reason I think going to be stuck seeing it for a while.

There is some use for cars for joystick control to allow for use by people, but as far as mainstream cars go, absolutely no good reason to use a Sure, there’s still out there who advocate for joystick-controlled but I’m going to argue if you really want to steer car with a joystick, you don’t like driving and you may as well hold out for a fully autonomous

Dividing the labor between and feet was one of the real innovations of interaction for cars. A number of cars tried to use hands for fuel mixture, spark and steering, and of course it was a mess. joystick control systems use the for everything — throttle, braking, and on the assumption that it’s the intuitive way.

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And, at glance, it does seem — forward to go forward, pull to brake, and left and right well, left and right. it’s fine. But in practice, tricky. Modulating throttle turning would be tricky, and the of motion of a joystick would fairly small, precise which aren’t always to achieve in intense driving Plus, accidental bumping of the can affect absolutely everything the car can do, seems a recipe for trouble.

Feedback through the stick be at worst nonexistent or at best which would kill a lot of makes performance-oriented driving so These issues I think are and accepted, which is why we don’t joystick cars today, but I there’s one more very big that I think will hand-joystick operated cars not worth pursuing anymore in a show-car context.

That one big is your whole body. One of the things about dividing the of driving a car between all of your is that it inherently involves entire body in driving. a joystick to control a car involves hand and your eyes/brain. a wheel and pedals involves arms, legs, the position of body, your own shifts in the need to brace different of yourself, and more. It lends not just to being able to throttle or brake independently of but to an overall feeling of connectedness the car that a single hand can never match.

I’m not saying that the setup can’t be replaced, or we shouldn’t keep looking for new to do things. Of course we should — am I, some filthy luddite? But I do that the joystick as a car-control has run its course, and I am formally submitting it should be retired from the car circuit.

It’s time to try new things, hopefully things incorporate the whole body. about an articulated driver’s that takes input your … from whole body’s position? seems possibly exhausting, but and no less ridiculous than of these joystick concepts.

I should be fair, though, and I’ve never driven a joystick-controlled vehicle outside of rides on electric wheelchairs at So I’m hoping to set up a race some sort of hopped-up mobility scooter and a standard So, if anyone has, say, an wheelchair with a 125cc engine in it, please let me know.

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