|WikiProject Automobiles||(Rated C-class, Mid-importance)|
"Besides its use in steering, the steering wheel is the usual location for a button to beep the car's horn. In addition, many modern automobiles have cruise control and even radio controls built into the steering wheel to minimize the extent to which the driver must take his hands off the wheel. The airbag to protect the driver in event of a frontal collision is mounted inside the steering wheel."
I've come up with another one, steering wheel grip sensors. These check that the driver is gripping the wheel correctly. If the driver takes both hands off, an alarm sounds (the centre high mounted brake light flashes to warn other drivers) and if no response is given, full emergancy braking is applied. If the driver takes one hand off, the system checks that the driver initiates a command which requires this, if this doesn't happen, an alarm sounds, and the aforementioned brake light flashes, and the emergancy braking is applied as above.126.96.36.199
I included "A steering wheel (also called a driving wheel)" because in UK a driving wheel can means a steering wheel too. (Hancheng 17:21, 30 June 2007 (UTC))
"Besides its use in steering, the steering wheel is the usual location for a button to activate the car's horn." - I own 3 cars. None have the horn switch on the steering wheel Tychoma (talk) 11:18, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
History of Left Side Placement
In a 1906 San Francisco film, automobiles are shown being operated from the right side as are most of the horse drawn vehicles, which makes it even less likely that all these cars were British imports. When was the convention adopted that automobiles would have the steering wheel placed on the inbound, street side? http://archive.org/details/TripDownMarketStreetrBeforeTheFire
The 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL also had a movable wheel to facilitate driver access but I think it pivoted at the hub with the lower part of the wheel moving forwars. Mr Larrington (talk) 12:28, 7 October 2014 (UTC)