‘Gaming’ Steering on Hyundai’s BEV Concept

Hyundai’s latest BEV concept is plundering the gaming world with joystick steering mechanisms instead of the traditional wheel.

Its Prophecy concept is controlled by dual joysticks located left and right from the driver: one on the centre console and the other on the door trim. The automaker says this not only allows for a more comfortable seating position while driving, it also frees up more space on the dashboard for other features.

In addition, 90% of the vehicle’s functions can be controlled via buttons on the joysticks, so there is no need for the driver to take their hands off the joysticks to change the music. Visually, the car is considerably different from the angular 45 concept Hyundai debuted at the Frankfurt IAA in 2019 with sweeping curves and smooth lines.

Its infotainment system is integrated into a large screen stretching across the entire front of the vehicle’s interior. When not driving, the car can be used as an entertainment space by switching into Relax Mode. In Relax Mode, the seats recline and the dashboard swivels upwards, creating the optimal seating position from which to enjoy the content shown on the display. Because of the lack of a steering wheel, the occupants have almost no visual obstacles to the display screen. After 45, Prophecy is the second Hyundai vehicle to be built using the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the automaker’s first dedicated EV platform.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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