Volvo registers a movable steering wheel

It uses By Wire technology and can be moved from right to left.

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The Swedish brand Volvo just patented a system that allows you to move the steering wheel from left to right and vice versa. That idea could be taken as the Holy Grail to sell the same car both in markets where the driving position is on the right, and in United Kingdom, Japan, Australia y South Africa, Among others.

Although this Volvo patent may seem like an absolute novelty, General Motors I had explored this path with the concept Hy Wire. GM's proposal was based on two technologies that are back in fashion today: 100% electric architectures and By Wire systems.

VolvoIn the first case, it used a flat floor that contained batteries and a hydrogen cell to power them, in the second it dispensed with mechanical links between controls and elements such as brakes or steering.

Volvo's “sliding” steering wheel proposal is based on By Wire technology, that is to say that there is no column that unites it to the address. This allows it to be placed both on the right and on the left and even in the center if the seat is one-piece.

VolvoSo far everything seems logical, especially considering that European legislation allows these cable systems, but there is still one issue: the pedal board.

Apparently, the brand would have a pedal system that is hidden in the floor and unfolds from the side that the steering wheel is placed. Obviously, it would also be by cables.

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