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I hate that steering wheel design, enough that it would keep me from buying the vehicle

I prefer an uncluttered look in front of me
For a truly uncluttered look, you need a presidential escort that will clear the street in front of you. Not sure they can do that at CT driving speeds though.
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For a truly uncluttered look, you need a presidential escort that will clear the street in front of you. Not sure they can do that at CT driving speeds though.
I would be fine with a standard Tesla steering wheel and not something that looks like Byton was going to have.
 

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I'm really surprised that no one is commenting on the typical steering wheel layout.... the Model A round steering wheel is soooo old school.... that would be a disappointment.
 

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Round steering wheels are just practical. They provide high accuracy with tiny motions and big motions for big actions. You generally want very high angle accuracy and then ease of motion into the wide gestures... which makes rotating a circle easier.

If we didn't have to mix freeway driving with the same input device we use for tight mountain or parking maneuvers, other shapes would be handy.

For instance, Formula 1 style steering is very jerky in comparison because they want tiny input for big moves; but that makes their accuracy really low. And shifting to big maneuvers is awkward style since you can't go hand to hand in a tight space along the wheel for accuracy and safety.

I think people should be able to choose their own add-ons, since customizing to fit the driver should be a thing. But there are practical, boring reasons why we use wheels.

-Crissa
 

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Round steering wheels are just practical. They provide high accuracy with tiny motions and big motions for big actions. You generally want very high angle accuracy and then ease of motion into the wide gestures... which makes rotating a circle easier.

If we didn't have to mix freeway driving with the same input device we use for tight mountain or parking maneuvers, other shapes would be handy.

For instance, Formula 1 style steering is very jerky in comparison because they want tiny input for big moves; but that makes their accuracy really low. And shifting to big maneuvers is awkward style since you can't go hand to hand in a tight space along the wheel for accuracy and safety.

I think people should be able to choose their own add-ons, since customizing to fit the driver should be a thing. But there are practical, boring reasons why we use wheels.

-Crissa
We'll there is a way to customize your steering already, to a point. You can choose between sport, normal, or comfort modes. These change the sensitivity and resistance of the turning radius to your liking (and it's saved to your profile, too!).

But in terms of different wheels, that's a totally different story. You can already customize the wheel with 3rd party solutions, it all depends how far you want to go and how much money you want to put into it.

Myself, I personally enjoy the wheel Tesla makes already as it's the most comfortable, and durable feeling one I've ever had. Super simple and clean by design, just 2 knobs with multiple functions built-in. And steering sensitivity can change based on my vehicle preferences. So easy!
 

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I just want a heated wheel
Agreed. I'd like to see them take the current designs, add heating, and maybe a few more buttons. I doubt that we'll get more buttons though.
 

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I do not understand heated steering wheels. ^-^; (Or grips on motorcycles). If I want heat, it's on the exposed parts of the back of my fingers, not my palms gripping a piece of impermeable plastic.

-Crissa
 

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I do not understand heated steering wheels. ^-^; (Or grips on motorcycles). If I want heat, it's on the exposed parts of the back of my fingers, not my palms gripping a piece of impermeable plastic.

-Crissa
My BMW R1200GS has heated grips. My car also has a heated steering wheel. Trust me, the Germans got this one right.

I ride in cold weather, usually wear a Gerbing heated suit with socks and gloves. The heated grips are perfect with the heated gloves.

I tell you, you'll love it. But, the colder it is, the more you'll love it. 40F isn't cold enough to appreciate either one!
 

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I do not understand heated steering wheels. ^-^; (Or grips on motorcycles). If I want heat, it's on the exposed parts of the back of my fingers, not my palms gripping a piece of impermeable plastic.

-Crissa

I'm sort of on board with you here, in that I can't say I've ever got into my truck and felt like I needed a heated steering wheel, but then I thought about the couple of times a year when I left for work without gloves and I didn't have to scrape my windows because it was a mild night. But then 8 - 12 hrs later I leave work and it's dark, cold, windy, and we've gotten some snow or sleet and I had to scrape my windows without gloves. It would have been nice to grip a warm wheel in those moments.
 

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Also...wrt the OP image, where is the airbag deploying from? Nothing like a face full of shrapnel before impact!
LOL!
Yeah... “Well, the accident would have been survivable if not for the steering screen decapitation...”
 

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Round steering wheels are just practical. They provide high accuracy with tiny motions and big motions for big actions. You generally want very high angle accuracy and then ease of motion into the wide gestures... which makes rotating a circle easier.

If we didn't have to mix freeway driving with the same input device we use for tight mountain or parking maneuvers, other shapes would be handy.

For instance, Formula 1 style steering is very jerky in comparison because they want tiny input for big moves; but that makes their accuracy really low. And shifting to big maneuvers is awkward style since you can't go hand to hand in a tight space along the wheel for accuracy and safety.

I think people should be able to choose their own add-ons, since customizing to fit the driver should be a thing. But there are practical, boring reasons why we use wheels.

-Crissa
Very much this. Ask the drivers who have driven K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. They all say the steering wheel shape (similar to original Cybertruck) was terrible. It is a design that works well on the track, but not IRL driving conditions. In addition, as self driving becomes more prevalent Tesla has to keep in mind that vehicles such as the Cybsrtruck are more likely to be used in off road conditions that require manual steering.
 
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