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Steering wheels change shape as car designers look to the future

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A steering wheel that’s not round, but instead protrudes almost hexagonally from a slim, digital cockpit gives off a futuristic feel – which is just what Johann Kistler’s going for. The BMW engineer is responsible for developing the new iX electric SUV, and when it goes on sale in November, the aim is to be as revolutionary and unconventional as the i3 was a decade before. That revolution includes the steering wheel. Incidentally, the world’s first car did not have one. Instead, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1886 had an upright handle; the more you pushed it to the left or right, the tighter t…

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