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.


Source: TRW

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  (442) posted on 08.3.2011

This technology will surely help the elderly to drive more safely. But I have to agree that it would be better if they will hire a driver or ask someone to drive for them. I think it would be more safe.

  (600) posted on 08.3.2011

Wow! I’m glad that TRW consider the condition of the elderly. However, in my opinion, I think it would be better if we advised them not to drive anymore. Hitting the break pedal requires a full force as well...I guess they need to work out on that too.

  (276) posted on 07.22.2011

Well, I don’t like this technology for I believe that this newer technology will just take away the fun of driving. BTW, I think a driverless car would be a good alternative.

  (530) posted on 07.22.2011

Well, this new technology develop for steering wheel would be very helpful for elderly and to those that wanted a spacious seat. However, I’m just afraid that it would take away the fun driving experience.

  (395) posted on 07.8.2011

One question really bugs me on this one, what cars are going to use it? From the looks of it, this is just a component, and no car manufacturer really have shown interest in adopting it.

  (831) posted on 07.7.2011

It kinda looks like the one that you see in all those sci fi films. But it actually does look promising though. But it would be better if we would see this in reality and not just a concept.

  (630) posted on 07.7.2011

This new concept of a steering wheel is indeed a futuristic one. As of its looks, I think
driving a car is like flying a jet fighter. haha

  (397) posted on 07.6.2011

I think that the idea is not really all that new. If my memory serves me right it has been imagined before in many movies. But this is probably the first time that they would try to pull it off for real.

  (570) posted on 07.6.2011

Well, its a good thing that they are concerned with the elderly. However,I think they still need to study further this technology and take to consider the percentage of the senior citizen that still drive despite of their illness.

  (429) posted on 07.6.2011

hmm. If the elderly suffered from arthritis and rheumatism, then how come they still wanted to drive? However, I think if this technology will be implemented then it will be a big help for the seniors.

  (9) posted on 07.5.2011

I think a better solution would be something along the lines of using a handheld gaming console controller.

In the event of an accident, it won’t be a crushing issue and you can take it with you to help prevent theft of the vehicle.

Oversized buttons can be designed to accommodate people suffering from arthritis and the controller can rest in your lap while you’re using it.

Just my 2 cents though...

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