Skip to comments.Ford's Wrist Twist Steering System from 1965 - (video-2 min)
Posted on 10/05/2012 10:13:07 PM PDT by djone
"Robert J. Rumpf knew nothing about cars. He was a missile engineer, not an automotive designer. Ford hired him for that reason. Hopefully he'd bring an outside perspective to their design team. Rumpf's work led to this, the "wrist twist" steering system. Instead of one large steering wheel, this car has two small handheld wheels that are twisted like dials."
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"wrist twist ?
IIRC, they installed it in a 1965 Mercury Park Lane.
It didn't. It failed in the great lab known as the free market.
Not to mention that it's a human factors nightmare.
And immediately crashed it into a reservoir.
Hmmm...did he come up with the adjustable and “flip up” steering column, or was that already around by then?
I wonder if that was with or without power steering.
It didn’t. It failed in the great lab known as the free market.
Not to mention that it’s a human factors nightmare.
I seem to remember that everyone who drove it like it, but that the company lawyers nixed for liability reasons.
It was just too different.
IIRC, it was “fly by wire.”
And now we know where the layout for game controllers came from.
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