In its Q4 2020 Earnings Report and during the Earnings Call, Tesla unveiled the updated Model S and Model X. In addition to a number of fundamental improvements and additions, the company has changed the steering wheel, which now looks like one you would find in a supercar. While the comfort of this shaped steering wheel may seem questionable, the reality is that this is not the case with Tesla vehicles.
Yoke Steering provides "the ultimate focus on driving: no stalks, no shifting. With a stalkless steering yoke, you can enjoy both the best car to drive, and the best car to be driven in," Tesla wrote in the description for the updated models. The most basic message is that the company is confident that it will soon be able to reach Level 5 autonomy, and a large round steering wheel will be completely out of place in the car of the future.
Nevertheless, despite the fact some Tesla cars with FSD Beta can already cover long distances with difficult street intersections with zero driver intervention, and full autonomy is already quite close, customers still need to consider how Teslas currently drive. There are also clients who cannot or are not ready to pay $10,000 for FSD now, so it is natural that they would want to be sure that the car will be driven as easily as before.
If you project the driving situation, you will realize that you will be well-satisfied with Yoke Steering, where almost all of the steering wheel is present except for the top. It is obvious, though, that any driver would take some time to get used to the new shape.
The Model S and Model X are not the only Tesla vehicles to have such a steering wheel. Roadster 2 and Cybertruck also have a similar one. During the presentation of Cybertruck, the guests were able to get a test drive, and the video they shot during this, demonstrates that it is very easy to drive a car with such a wheel. The driver drives the car in a relaxed and confident manner, all while telling the passengers about Cybertruck. What's more, we can see that the driver makes far fewer unnecessary hand movements while still achieving first-class agility and smooth driving. This should be the most convincing proof that, with Yoke Steering, it is very easy to drive.
Tesla is a company whose hallmark is autonomous cars powered by electricity. By updating the Model S and X, removing the turn signals, adding a new steering wheel, two screens, and a powerful game processor, Tesla is not just hinting, but loudly shouting that very soon driving will become fully autonomous. Drivers no longer need extra controls, but instead, they can grab the wireless controller and play "from any seat."
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.