Foldable Steering System (PS- Hyundai Mobis)
As vehicles continue to be replaced by used machines to bring in changes in parts with new features and features, car makers are coming up with new technology to take maximum advantage of it. Hyundai Mobis, a part supplier of Hyundai, has developed a steering system that can be folded when not in use.
The foldable steering system could make its way into the mobility vehicles of the future by Hyundai and its sibling. This innovation allows for more space in the driver seats and brings design innovation inside the cabin. The foldable steering can be moved forward and backward by 25 cm for the convenience of the driver. Hyundai Mobis spent almost two years developing the foldable steering system and the company is currently filing patents for the technology as it has never been commercialized globally before.
Designed for specific parts of the steering system
To develop the system, the part maker designed new specialized parts of the steering system, including its columns and reaction force control devices. A sliding rail mechanism was then implemented in it, securing the stability and reliability of the system. The new technology also enabled the application of mixed designs including a storage type where the steering wheel can be retracted into the dashboard of the vehicle apart from the foldable design.
Hyundai’s new foldable steering system concept can work in conjunction with its recently developed Steer by Wire (SBW) steering system where the physical connection between the steering system and the tyre is replaced with an electric signal. In this case, the steering wheel is connected to a device designed to deliver the steering force while the SBW system controls the steering with electric signals.
Hyundai Mobis plans to make its foldable steering wheel as a major export item and plans to introduce this technology in future self-driving cars.
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