Nissan is looking to significantly upgrade its Infiniti sedans by adding a steer-by-wire system. Somewhat similar to the fly-by-wire system found in planes, the new tech will mostly dispense with the age-old mechanical apparatus.
In steer-by-wire, control signals are transmitted electronically. Since electrical signals are transmitted faster than mechanical instructions, drivers can expect better response time and easier turning.
The downside is that if the car’s electrical system fails, so does the steering. Nissan has worked around this by including a fail-safe clutch that activates during an electrical event and allow the driver to steer the old-fashioned way.
The first vehicles to use the new system are expected to be on the road in the next three to five years.