Nissan is excited to talk about their independent control steering developments, also known as “wired” steering because it has a wired system to replace the mechanical steering linkage that we’ve all known and loved or hated for so many years. This new system allows drivers to steer the front wheels via electronic controllers. Plans are to release this new technology in Nissan Infiniti models as early as next year.
Many critics are skeptical about how this type of system will eventually play out for normal drivers, but Nissan is adamant that this type of steering will offer more direct feedback, and will be adjustable, something that many of us would find super interesting. For example, drivers will be able to use Nissan’s independent control steering technology to choose “Sport” or “Standard” mode according to their mood and road conditions they are maneuvering in at any given time. Not only do the options sound intriguing, but another benefit being claimed is that this type of steering will completely isolate the steering wheel from the rest of the system to significantly reduce road vibrations normally felt by the driver.
There are no needs to worry about power loss either, which many were concerned about when hearing of this new technology. There is a clutch that will engage a backup mechanical link that will let drivers control the front wheels in the case of loss of power. Three redundant engine controllers are used to prevent loss of steering as well.
The independent control steering will also work to keep the car driving straight so drivers won’t have to constantly make small corrections as many of us are used to doing. This is in order to reduce driver fatigue and also make auto corrections in the event of crosswinds. Overall it sounds as if you will sit in your car and feel like you are playing a driving video game. It will exciting to test that out.