Steering coming in the way? Hyundai has a foldable solution

    Published On Oct 12, 2021 08:00:00 AM


    Concept technology is designed for future mobility vehicles, with patents being filed globally.

    Hyundai parts supplier Hyundai Mobis has revealed a foldable steering wheel for use in future autonomous vehicles following a two-year development process. The wheel can move forward and back by a total of 25cm, fully retracting into the dashboard when not in use in order to free up more space in front of the driver’s seat.

    • Parts for the foldable steering were designed from scratch
    • Also capable of steer-by-wire set-ups
    • Sensors and ECU can steer car in case of emergencies

    Patents for the device are being filed around the world and the company believes it could export it to other car manufacturers in the future.

    “Hyundai Mobis goes beyond simply reinterpreting existing technologies and instead develops parts that apply to future cars in totally new ways,” said Jang-don Choi, managing director of chassis and safety BU at Hyundai Mobis. “We will continue to develop future-oriented innovations based on our know-how of core technologies.”

    Hyundai Mobis designed entirely new core parts for the system, including the steering column, a reaction-force control device and a supplied sliding-rail mechanism, all built with durability and reliability in mind.

    The foldable wheel is also compatible with steering-by-wire set-ups, where a physical connection between the steering wheel and the tyres is replaced by electronic signals.

    Hyundai Mobis believes this delivers the best possible performance in various road conditions by minimising the vibrations that reach the driver.

    Meanwhile, a set of sensors and an ECU are built into the system to ensure that the vehicle can continue to steer itself in the event of an emergency.

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