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We used to have a minivan with a flip down screen for the rear seats. The kids would always rather use their iPads. Rear screens are a waste of money and space imo.
Our caravan has this. My kids wished they could use their xbox1 controllers to play the Tesla games like it seems to have in the S and X.





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Just like any other government agency, NHTSA sits on its hands and is unable to make a decision.
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Tesla’s Yoke Steering Wheel: NHTSA gives new statement
(CREDIT: TESLA) https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-yoke-steering-wheel-nhtsa-statement-march-2021/
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ByJoey Klender
Posted on March 4, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given an updated statement regarding Tesla’s new Yoke Steering Wheel, which comes as an option with the refreshed Model S and Model X.

The NHTSA told Teslarati this morning:
NHTSA is aware of the recently launched Tesla steering yoke in certain Model S vehicles. We requested and received information from Tesla about the steering yoke and we remain actively engaged with the company during our review. NHTSA routinely engages with auto manufacturers and suppliers to better understand the new technologies and features they develop and introduce to the U.S. fleet.”


Since early February, the NHTSA has been actively reviewing the Yoke Steering Wheel when the agency indicated that it “cannot determine if the steering wheel meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. We will be reaching out to the automaker for more information.” Since then, Tesla has been communicating with the NHTSA to determine whether the Yoke lines up with its safety standards.

Any car or equipment used with a vehicle that will operate on U.S. roads must comply with the NHTSA’s FMVSS, or Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Tesla and any other car company has the right and ability to determine internally whether a vehicle or piece of vehicle equipment is compliant with the FMVSS, and can use any means necessary to determine this. Manufacturers can use testing procedures, engineering analytics, or standard testing procedures to determine whether a vehicle or piece of equipment meets the NHTSA’s FMVSS standards. Ultimately, the NHTSA gets the final say, and if a vehicle or piece of equipment is in violation of any of the FMVSS regulations, the agency has the ability to act if it sees a reason to believe that it is noncompliant or has the possibility of causing a safety-related defect.

The NHTSA’s FMVSS regulations are available here.


Tesla unveiled its Yoke steering wheel on January 27th, 2021, during the release of its Q4 2020 Earnings CallUpdate Letter, when the manufacturer revealed updated pictures of the refreshed Model S interior. Along with several other updates, the most notable and arguably the most talked about feature was the addition of a Yoke steering wheel, giving the Model S an even more sporty interior. First glimpses of the Yoke steering wheel were uncovered this past weekend by The Kilowatts, which showed the newly-designed wheel within a Model S interior.

It has been speculated whether Tesla would be able to keep the Yoke design within its Model S and Model X vehicles. As of now, it appears the NHTSA is still communicating with Tesla, but the Yoke has not given the NHTSA an indication that Tesla has committed any noncompliance or safety-related defects with the new steering wheel design.

Tesla’s new Yoke steering wheel has been approved for use in several regions, including the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

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I predicted before that after much delay, hand-ringing, teeth-grinding and general government do-nothing that the NHTSA will ultimately approve the yoke. I’m still betting on it.
 
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I am going to accidentally turn on my turn signal all the time.
As a UX Designer I am positive they tested against this and have figured out how to stop this from happening. Would think this would be the #1 concern in going with a yoke.
 

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If there are no stalks, how do we put this car into forward or reverse gear.
Using touch screens,...?.surely that cannot be true.
Well, you never know how Elon's brain works. :D
Teslas are supposed to anticipate what gear you want to be in for most scenarios in the near future, so while I agree it won't be on the touch screen it won't need to be used nearly as much as we do today.
 

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When I looked at photos I took yesterday of our drive along the coast I noticed my wife should be just fine with Yoke Steering. If you're wondering about the doll. That's Izzy my daughter's little friend. When Izzy was thrown to the front, we decided she needed to work on her tan, driving past Malibu! 🤪
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I love the new yoke. I think the only thing that could be an issue is slow tight turns... but, if a variable power steering system was used it would not be any issue. My Commander side-by-side has a manually set power steering system. With the CT, when driving slowly it could be automatically set to maximum and as the vehicle speeds up it could be reduced.
 

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Teslas are supposed to anticipate what gear you want to be in for most scenarios in the near future, so while I agree it won't be on the touch screen it won't need to be used nearly as much as we do today.
After all it looks like the gear sifter is actually on the touchscreen. Even though with Tesla's smart gear prediction, it'll be rarely ever used (baring the first few times when you show it off to friends / family). Most will be super happy to see the auto gear selection anyways.
 

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