Keeping you on track: the steering wheel.
The design of the car has been vastly re-interpreted for more than a century now and its interior always mirrors the current zeitgeist. New design ideas lead to consistently increased comfort levels: seats are constructed with orthopaedic considerations in mind, the diversity of controls has grown and digital technology has made its way into vehicles. Yet one component hasn’t dabbled much with change, at least optically that is. We are, of course, referring to the steering wheel. It is a human-machine interface which gives the power of the engine a direction of travel.
You can’t re-invent the wheel, but from a technical point of view, lots has happened over the last few decades. The invention of the safety steering column or the driver’s airbag are just two of the many developments which the steering wheel has undergone. However, the basic shape has still been retained.