When Tesla introduced the controversial yoke steering wheel, CEO Elon Musk surprised many when he said the automaker hadn’t even planned to offer the option of a regular round steering wheel.
According to an update to the latest software, it looks like Tesla might change its mind on this front.
When Tesla unveiled the new Model S with the “yoke” butterfly steering wheel, it caused controversy. Some worried that the actual shape of the wheel would be an issue, while others worried about the lack of a drive rod to choose the drive mode.
As for the former, we thought the automaker wouldn’t risk bringing the controversial yoke-steering wheel to market without a non-linear steering curve enabled by a steering-by-wire system – especially considering that Tesla has developed a steering-by-wire system. .
However, as Tesla began deliveries of the new Model S Plaid last year, we were surprised to see that the wheel had a normal 14.0:1 steering ratio, and it’s proving impractical at lower speeds.
There are even driving scenarios where the throttle not only becomes impractical but potentially dangerous.
For example, if you lose control on an icy road, it might be more difficult to perform a few quick maneuvers to regain control.
CEO Elon Musk later confirmed that Tesla is indeed working on progressive steering, but it’s still years away.
As for the lack of stalks, Tesla has replaced all of their functions with forced-touch buttons on the steering wheel, even for things like the turn signals and horn. Musk’s logic is that “all input is an error” and that the car should automatically perform all functions that were on the stalks (now on the force touch buttons).
However, the capability isn’t quite there yet, especially when it comes to the horn, and Tesla has been pretty stubborn when it comes to the yoke steering wheel. Despite several Model S Plaid prototypes spotted with regular steering wheels, the automaker refused to offer it as an option.
But over the past few weeks, we’ve seen signs of Tesla starting to crack on the yoke flywheel.
First, a prototype Model S with a regular horn was spotted last month.
And now the “green” Tesla hacker has spotted in an update to Tesla’s service tools a mention of a steering wheel swap with the “Yoke” or “Round” option:
Although the service is not yet available, this seems to be a good indicator that Tesla is considering offering Model S and Model X owners to exchange them for a regular round wheel.
However, it doesn’t look like the rods are coming back as Musk is still betting on “any input is a mistake”.
FTC: We use revenue-generating automatic affiliate links. Continued.
Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.