Ready to hand when driving, a bit of history

Ralph Kinney Bennett (The Most Important Fifth Wheel. TCS 05ma17) was struck by the controls that can be found on a modern automobile’s steering wheel. His column provides an interesting history of vehicle controls.

Thanks to modern microelectronics you can slip behind the wheel of your car now and change radio stations, adjust the climate control, set the cruise control, make a telephone call, or who knows what all, with just a slight movement of your thumb or finger, even as your power steering helps you easily negotiate the turns ahead.

And while you’re driving, why don’t you give a thought and a thanks to those nameless engineers and designers who have devoted so much attention to this most important fifth wheel.

I wonder if the brake controller override has made it to the steering wheel, yet.

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