Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering
Infiniti, Japanese carmaker Nissan’s luxury marque, has debuted a new steer-by-wire technology in its 2014 Infiniti Q50 model. The Direct Adaptive Steering technology, which connects the car’s wheels to a computer-controlled engine that automatically responds to road conditions and traffic, could eventually replace conventional steering wheel consoles.
Direct Adaptive Steering can also be manipulated electronically. This means the Q50 could be controlled remotely by a computer or voice commands, making the presence – and location – of the steering wheel less important.
The Q50’s additional features include a highly responsive safety shield that informs the driver if the vehicle unintentionally drifts between lanes. The model also has a predictive Forward Collision Warning system, which can sense the relative speed and distance of vehicles directly ahead in order to warn the driver of the risk of collision.
Infiniti’s Q50 will be go on sale in the US and Canada this summer. See Stylus’ Automotive report from the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show for more on co-piloting concepts in car design.