Nissan has now unveiled a new concept car based on its first-generation Murano SUV equipped with X-by-wire technology for the steering, braking and transmission. By replacing pumps, hoses, fluids, belts and brake boosters and master cylinders with electronic sensors and actuators, engineers were able to reduce the weight of the vehicle and free-up space inside for occupants. By-wire also allows the adoption of smaller steering wheels that require less steering input.
On the concept, engineers made it possible to add a third row of seating and capacity for seven passengers. In fact, the adoption of steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire systems resulted in an increase in interior length of 110mm more than the conventional model.
Nissan hasn’t said when the technology will be introduced to its production cars but given the benefits we suspect it won’t be too long.