Tesla’s steering yoke is a wild departure from the traditional circular steering wheel, and it’s a controversial change. Safety concerns are at the forefront, exasperated by an in-depth review of semi-self-driving technologies. Consumer reports recently bought their own Model S to review, and the full review is on the way, although the post has shared their initial views on the yoke – and they have some concerns.
“It’s not impossible to get used to,” the post writes, but the benefits of the yoke are unclear. The design makes it easy to slip out of the hands and impossible for traditional hand or random steering, which can make some turning maneuvers more difficult. RC testers also complained of pain after driving with the yoke. Weak padding and large handles made it difficult to grip, with few options for secure and comfortable hand placement.
The Tesla steering yoke also houses the turn signals but does so non-intuitively, according to RC, and their placement is not the only problem. Light pressure causes the turn signal to flash three times and the cylinder head to vibrate once. Strong press vibrates the yoke twice with the turn signal blinker until the driver presses the button again to cancel. This is made all the more confusing by the lack of physical buttons to press and the potential for their orientation to toggle when rotating.
It’s not all bad news, however. The rectangular steering wheel makes it much easier to see the screen gauges, and better visibility is always good when you’re behind the wheel. But that becomes pointless if you are still looking for the right turn signal.
Attentive drivers should be able to overcome many of these issues, but retraining muscle memory to respond to emergencies or high-speed lane changes could be more difficult. RC His report concludes by saying he is working to determine “what kind of extra practice” his trained drivers need before tackling his high-speed avoidance maneuver test. To verify Consumer reportsfull report at the link below.