Tesla introduced a steering wheel that looked a bit cut off in the recently refreshed Model S and Model X, and it has many questioning if it’s even legal. Motor Biscuit noted that the NHTSA does not know whether or not it is legal, but what we do understand is that if there are no rules that state it is illegal, then it is certainly not illegal (i.e., legal). Tesla challenges the status quo in its normal way by developing new concepts and by leading with creative fashion.
The innovation has motivated many Tesla fans to imagine what it would be like to drive with a yoke wheel in this situation. In his new YouTube video, Nash, aka Tesla in the Gong, brought the visualization to life.
In his video, Nash conducted a simulated test drive with the yoke steering wheel of the new interior of the revamped Model S, and also conducted an extensive drive to see if it was a pleasant drive.
There are chapters in the video. These chapters contain reference inspiration and an Aussie Model S and X buyer’s guide from others in the community. Nash also features an urban Autopilot yoke challenge, the first of its kind. “In this run, the yoke steering wheel turning while the car negotiates the upcoming sharp left turn is absolutely brilliant. Yes, Autopilot was engaged throughout this run,” Nash said in the video.
Nash also touched upon the stalkless design. “The new design is meant to be a stalkless design, so these two buttons serve as right and left indicators in the new design,” he said as he pointed out the buttons on the wheel in the video. “With regards to that stalkless design and the indicator buttons, Elon Musk had said that the cars will intuitively know where we are going to turn and turn on the appropriate indicator. Well, I’m going to have to experience it before I comment on that one, so the jury is out on this one, but we do have something similar where the car automatically turns on the indicators when we are about to take an on-ramp or off-ramp with Navigate on Autopilot engaged. So, there is certainly some precedence to that, but it’ll be interesting to know how it all works. That is some next-level AI stuff, I must say.”
Nash activated Autopilot while using the stalk to activate the feature in his Model S, which is a 2018 model. He added immediately that he found that by eliminating this practice, driving became easier. “As it always does. Autopilot software and hardware does all the heavy lifting for you. As with a full circle steering wheel, all I had to do was rest my hands at nine and three. That’s 17 inches simulation,” he said while adding that in his Model 3 he recorded it from a second run.
You can watch Nash’s YouTube video here.
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