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According to Engadget (This article and its images were originally posted on Engadget October 8, 2018 at 01:30AM.)
Future self-driving cars might be reliable enough to ditch the steering wheel. But what happens if you do need to take over in a pinch? With Ford, it might be as simple as pulling out your phone. The company recently obtained a US patent for two driving modes that would use a touchscreen device to steer an otherwise autonomous vehicle once you receive permission. The first mode, as Autoblog pointed out, would mimic the tilt-to-steer mechanic from games like Real Racing 3 — your device’s accelerometer and gyroscope would guide the front wheels. It’d be intuitive, if a little disconcerting when it would involve a ton of real metal hurtling down the road.
The second mode wouldn’t be quite so involved. Instead, you’d use your finger to turn an on-screen steering wheel.
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