Google’s self-driving koala car doesn’t have one. Recent concepts from Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have ones that retract when they aren’t needed. But for now, nothing is more intrinsically tied to the act of driving than the steering wheel. Does it have a long-term future?
That’s what gets pondered in this Automotive News story. For decades the steering wheel has been a seemingly irreplaceable part of the driving experience, and while it’s not perfect, it’s intuitive enough that attempts to replace it have never gone very far.