This system is part of the development of a partially autonomous vehicle.
As you are well aware, certain automobile markets have their small specificities which can quickly turn into an ordeal for manufacturers. The security elements sometimes differ from country to country, as do pollution control standards. The location of the flywheel also forces manufacturers to adapt their production line.
Thanks to new technical elements without mechanical but electronic links, it is now possible to overcome certain constraints, particularly at the level of the steering. Volvo has just filed a patent with a new dashboard in which the steering wheel could slide from right to left and vice versa.
Obviously, this system, as ingenious as it is, raises a few questions, especially regarding the location of the pedals. Volvo has therefore also filed in its patent pressure sensitive elements to simulate the use of the pedals. This system could also make it possible to review the arrangement of the occupants in the front with the possibility of having a central seat, a bit like a McLaren F1.
This patent filing is part of the development of a partially autonomous vehicle. Hence the presence of a steering wheel precisely. This system could also allow manufacturers to simplify their assembly line.