The new Yoke steering wheel questions the authorities. Except in the Netherlands, where it received its official approval.
By unveiling the restyled versions of the Model S and Model X, Tesla has notably created the debate with the appearance of the new Yoke steering wheel. With a shape that belongs to the world of science fiction, this steering wheel has even questioned the authorities responsible for homologation. Except in the Netherlands, where it is already authorized.
According to a statement in the RTL Nieuws newspaper of the Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer (RDW), in charge of homologation and registration of vehicles, the shape of the Tesla steering wheel conforms to Dutch law, but also of the European Union : “The shape of the steering wheel is nowhere prescribed in EU or UNECE legislation”.
The logical evolution of the steering wheel?
The RDW indicates that rectangular (read “flat”) flywheels have already made their appearance. They make it easier to get into the car and even have the advantage of quickly indicating which direction the wheels are turning. Also according to the Dutch authority, there are no regulations regarding the upper edge of the steering wheel.
Finally, it should be noted that European regulations indicate that each vehicle must be equipped with a steering control. And not a steering wheel which, by definition, must be more or less circular. The Yoke steering wheel is therefore theoretically indeed authorized in Europe. On his native land, however, nothing is settled.