BMW company surprises with a new panel of an uncomfortable steering wheel. It is made in the form of a steering wheel that can be folded.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with a link to Carbuzz.
The close prospect of autonomous driving prompts engineers to reinvent those components that already have a perfect and honed shape. The patent drawings of the new BMW steering wheel demonstrate the compactness of the new unit.
The US patent application mentions that the steering wheel of a car can be folded down to provide additional interior space. It is also reported that the forward-looking steering wheel will retain a few buttons and controls for some basic functions.
Interestingly, the same patent was previously filed in China and Germany. Such tenacity of the Bavarian company indicates that the engineers and designers of the automaker have big plans for the new development. As a rule, unusual technical solutions are patented only in certain markets where the main competitors of the applicant company operate.
As a reminder, Mercedes-Benz will start offering solar roofs for its electric vehicles. The automaker has confirmed it will enter the market with its own solar panel technology.