In the ever-changing landscape of technology in the auto industry, automotive suppliers have entered into a sort of arms race to develop the latest and most technologically advanced systems in the world. TRW is one of them and the auto supplier is looking into developing a new type of steering wheel that if it pulls through, could become the future of steering wheels as we know it.
The days of struggling to get into a car thanks to a larger-than-usual steering wheel will be a thing of the past. That’s because TRW is developing a folding steering wheel concept that retracts back into the dashboard, giving drivers a bigger - and unobstructed - space to get in and out of the car without the hassle of sliding on their seats until they get comfortable enough to scoot their way in and out of there. This concept wheel is more useful for the elderly and the constant struggles they face in what should be a menial task. Think arthritis and rheumatism is hard enough, try getting in and out of the car with those symptoms.
Basically speaking, the wheel is made up of two small handles that fold inward anytime the car is turned off giving drivers enough space to navigate in and out of the seat without the hassle of bumping their knees on the wheel. Better yet, when the driver gets inside the car, the wheel pops back out depending on the driver’s position.
All told, it’s a pretty unique technology that serves the purpose of giving drivers, especially the elderly, more space to move around the space they’re given and to a larger extent, provide an easier grasp and handle on an integral piece of equipment that has long needed a fresh take.