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TRW developing fully-retractable steering wheel to aid elderly


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With the over-65 population growing at a rapid rate (36.9 million in 2009 and set to hit 72.1 million by 2030), automakers are intent on making driving easier for the elderly. To that end, automotive supplier TRW is developing a folding steering wheel concept that retracts into the dashboard, allowing older drivers to get in and out with ease.

The wheel is bisected into two smaller handles that fold inward when the vehicle is shut down, mounting nearly flush with the rest of the dashboard. When the driver gets back in, the wheel extends outward to the driver's chosen position and can be set at multiple angles for different users.

Ideally, TRW's steering wheel solution would be part of a larger initiative to make driving easier for people with limited mobility, and partnered with voice commands and more legible buttons and interfaces, the wheel could be part of a elderly-focused equipment package as early as 2016. Full details in the press blast after the break.

Thought this was interesting, I could see the steering wheel being an inconvenience if you're fat but I think it could also help you move around in the car if your old.

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thats FORDing stupid elderly people hate electronics anyways and want traditional....hell i do

I hear ya. For my first car I had a choice between a 2010 Equinox with a 4-banger and a 1978 Phoenix with twice as many cylinders and half the MPG. My choice? Well, you know the rest...

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To me I'd also rather not have a higher chance for my steering wheel to break. More moving parts = higher chance

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