Seoul: South Korea’s largest auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis on Monday said it has developed a foldable steering wheel for future vehicles. The Hyundai Motor Group affiliate said it has developed a foldable steering system after two years of research. The company said it is currently working to obtain a patent for the new system.
The system features a steering wheel that can be folded inside the dashboard and swung back and forth by 25 cm to make more room for the driver’s seat. The system also allows the driver’s seat to be rotated 180 degrees after turning the steering wheel and facing passengers in the rear seats.
Hyundai Mobis said that it has implemented steer-by-wire (SBW) technology with the system to secure durability and safety, Yonhap news agency reported. SBW is a solution that transmits electrical signals to the wheels for steering operation. This removes the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels, allowing for more comfortable and responsive steering.
With the new system, Hyundai Mobis said it plans to strengthen its presence in future mobility sectors, including autonomous cars, and develop more advanced auto solutions that could be useful to global automakers.