Steer-by-wire technology comes as option for 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan

Article by Eugene Conan, on February 19, 2013

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan will surely be one of the most interesting vehicles to arrive this summer as the model features a steer-by-wire technology as an option. Infiniti will market the steer-by-wire technology under the trademarked name Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering on some variants of the Q50, which is bound to replace the outgoing Infiniti G37.

Steer-by-wire controls steering by electronic signals rather than by mechanical links between the steering wheel and the wheels. Other carmakers like BMW and Audi are also pursuing this technology to be used on their vehicles.

The steer-by-wire system – the Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering – provides two primary benefits.  The system could communicate road conditions into the vehicle's safety system faster as well as allow drivers to choose the feel of steering they want.

Bert Brooks, Infiniti's senior product planning manager for the Q50, said that the Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering provides a wide range of both steering ratio and effort using the same set of hardware. He added that it allows the vehicle to adapt to all kinds of different driving situations, and it can be tuned by the driver for different settings.

The system offers 96 steering ratios, from which a driver could find one to suit his degree of control for a given stretch of road. Infiniti plans to host its dealer body at a presentation in May in San Antonio to showcase the Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering as well as other new features of the 2014 Q50, including a display monitor that allows consumers to zoom in or zoom out of images with their fingers.

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