GM logos Sidewinder for future steering programs


GM has filed a trademark utility for the identify Sidewinder, probably for a brand new steering system for use on future automobiles.

Filed with america Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) on Oct. 5, the applying covers “digital controllers for steering programs for land motor automobiles.” We have not seen an accompanying patent utility for such {hardware}, however it will make sense for GM to develop a brand new steering system to maintain tempo with rivals.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV prototype

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV prototype

GM began the development of trick steering options with the GMC Hummer EV pickup’s Crab Stroll, which permits the hulking electrical truck to drive sideways (on a diagonal) at low speeds. However different automakers have give you their very own steering gimmicks for electrical automobiles.

Rivian has proven that its R1S SUV and R1T pickup can carry out tank turns, permitting them to show inside their very own lengths just like the eponymous tracked army automobile, though the function does not seem to have been added to manufacturing automobiles but. Mercedes-Benz has additionally promised a tank-turn function for its EQG electrical G-Wagen, which is anticipated to reach in 2024.

GMC Electric Sierra Denali teaser

GMC Electrical Sierra Denali teaser

Ford has filed at the least two patent purposes for a tank-turn function. One model described utilizing an EV’s motors to drive the entrance and rear wheels in reverse instructions, whereas one other model introduced four-wheel steering into play as nicely, utilizing it to show the entrance and rear wheels in reverse instructions.

All of those concepts have been utilized to EVs as a result of the exact management afforded by electrical motors makes them potential. And one thing like a tank flip will seemingly be best on free surfaces like grime, therefore the give attention to off-road purposes. So maybe GM is planning its personal model of the tank flip for a future replace of the Hummer EV, or for the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra Denali EV pickups.


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