October 11, 2021

MOBIS fold steeringwheel400x275Hyundai Mobis has announced it has developed a foldable steering system technology that enables the folding and unfolding of a steering wheel inside a vehicle. The technology is being optimized for future mobility vehicles as it can allow for more space in the driver’s seat area, bringing about additional design innovation.

The Hyundai Mobis foldable steering system features a steering wheel that can move forward and backward up to 25 cm. The company said the development of the technology took two years to complete, as it is a new technology that has never been globally commercialized before, with the company currently filing patents globally. To develop the system, Hyundai Mobis designed new core parts of a steering system, including a column and a reaction force control device, and applied a sliding rail mechanism, securing system durability and reliability.

The system also enabled the application of assorted designs, including a storage type where the steering wheel can be retracted into the dashboard, as well as the foldable one. This means an innovative driver’s seat, which is usually only seen in future concept cars, could be closer to being on the road.

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The system includes a version where the steering wheel can retract into the dashboard, freeing up space for the driver's side.

Hyundai Mobis said the foldable steering system is compatible with the Steer by Wire (SBW) steering system that it has previously developed. The SBW system controls steering with electrical signals by connecting the steering wheel with a device designed to deliver the steering force generated from the steering wheel to the wheels.

“Hyundai Mobis goes beyond simply reinterpreting existing technologies and instead develops parts technologies that apply to future cars in totally new ways,” said Jang-don Choi, managing director of chassis/safety business unit at Hyundai Mobis. “We will continue to develop future-oriented innovations based on our know-how of core technologies.”

The company said it plans to actively respond to the self-driving car market and future mobility market, including PBV, by further improving its competitiveness with various future technologies, such as the foldable steering system. It said it also plans to promote the system as a major export item.

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