Nothing to do with boredom. It was just a matter of time. As soon as the electrically assisted steering debuted, sooner or later a manufacturer was going to remove the mechanical connection. This greatly simplifies or rather significantly expands the options manufacturers have for driver assistance and crash avoidance features. Think of the clutch just like the clutch on a manual transmission. It is engaged by default. Some action has to take place in order to disengage it. In the case of the Q50's steering, if the electrical charge goes away for any reason such as system failure or the car being shut off. The fact that it is electric is not as bad as it sounds.I don't get what the point of doing this was.. Was Nissan just bored?
I understand maybe you save some weight if you get rid of the steering rack but there is still a rack there.. With a clutch too.. Which probably isn't light. So it might be HEAVIER and its even more of an indirect connection with the road.. What happens if the clutch fails? Any maintenance needed for it?
So the electrically controlled clutch will close if they detect a failure in the electric system.
Sorry I don't like this new system.
Agreed. Considering what Volvo will be coming out with in short order, this system is a first step. Instead of using the brakes to yaw the vehicle left or right, it just makes sense to eventually use the steering system itself.I also believe this is in effort to slowly introduce self-driving technologies so in the future when Infiniti does pre collision technology, this steering system will be something even more important.
I personally don't see a point and hope it doesnt make it to the Q60.That is kinda like saying that there was no point in making brakes hydraulic because the cable linkage for the emergency brake is still there. The mechanical connection for the steering in the Q50 is there for emergencies. Meanwhile the driver is isolated from negative steering feedback due to imperfections in the road surface.
Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to convince you that this new setup is the greatest thing in the world. I have never driven the Q50. So, I am in no position to know how good it is. I am just responding to your question as to why this system is there.
OMG, that sounds badass.On another note he added that those equipped with Navigation, the system will alert the transmission to adjust with upcoming road patterns and prepare for curves for better handling. I am interested in finding out more about that though.
I think it is more like adaptive GEARING.On another note he added that those equipped with Navigation, the system will alert the transmission to adjust with upcoming road patterns and prepare for curves for better handling. I am interested in finding out more about that though.
The "standard" steering is an electric-assisted setup where there is still a traditional, physical steering rack transmitting your steering inputs to the road wheels. With DAS, the steering wheel is transmitting your inputs to steering actuators, deeming the system "steer-by-wire" where under normal operation, there is no physical connection from the steering wheel to the road wheels. This allows for the variable steering weight and response that is tailored to each drive mode or can be tailored with the Personal drive mode. In the event there is a DAS malfunction, a clutch engages for a physical link like the started setup.Infiniti Q50 can be delivered in europe whith to types of steering equipment. I can't find what the differance of both is.
Its the Electro hydraulic steering, and for the more expensive models; Adaptive Steering (DAS – Direct Adaptive Steering)
What does this mean ?
Is the construction of both the same, and does it mean that DAS only says that the car is equiped with automatic steering pack ?