We’ve learned over the years that car companies routinely file patents for things that never see production.  This is how they will safeguard their intelligence findings.

Volvo also has some unique patents over the years, and the latter one is pretty interesting. According to a recent patent, Volvo has developed a sliding steer-by-wire steering wheel system that is designed for a highly automated – not fully automated – vehicle.

As a result, a person will be able to control the vehicle from either seat. The patent puts the steering wheel on a track which offers two solutions for the cluster: a dash-spanning screen that sits behind the wheel or a small one that slides with the wheel.

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The pedals are present, but the patent describes pressure-sensitive floor panel sensors that will be activated by the position of the wheel.