Recently presented by Tesla, the new “Yoke” steering wheel of the Model S and X has caused much ink to flow. But can its new form on the market be approved?

Last week, Tesla unveiled a deep update of its 100% electric models: the Model S and Model X. If the exterior has been discreetly restyled, everything changes inside: indeed, the interior is now more refined, with a new touch screen. 17 inches in landscape mode (and no longer in portrait) supplemented by an 8 inch screen on the back. But it’s mostly the new steering wheel that we will remember.

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Due to its truncated and futuristic shape, which risks complicating driving and maneuvering, but also by the absence of control levers, replaced by only tactile controls, this flying “Yoke” gives rise to much debate. Indeed, if Tesla bets on technology and automation of its models to justify the extreme purification of its interior, the question of homologation arises.

New Tesla Model S: the steering wheel is approved in Europe

According to the RDW (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer), the Dutch authority in charge of vehicle administration, this steering wheel complies with the legislation of the Netherlands, and by extension of the European Union. “The shape of the steering wheel is nowhere prescribed in EU or EEC legislation”, assures the instance.

European regulations indicate that a vehicle must be equipped with a steering control, without specifying its shape.

According to the RDW, Tesla’s new steering wheel is therefore well authorized in Europe, as are the increasingly common flattened steering wheels. This question of certification is also raised by its American counterpart, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), which has not yet decided on the other side of the Atlantic.

But to overcome any risk of its Yoke steering wheel being banned in certain markets, Tesla has already planned a new, more classic round steering wheel in its boxes …

Source: RTL Nieuws

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