The Cybertruck is full of several first-of-their-kind technologies for Tesla. The truck features a 30X cold rolled stainless steel which is bulletproof to a Tommy gun and impenetrable by a hunting bow and arrow.
The Cybertruck is also the first Tesla to feature an 800-volt high-voltage architecture. In addition, the Cybertruck is also the first vehicle, not just a Tesla, to be wired entirely using a 48-volt low-voltage architecture.
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The Cybertruck is also the first vehicle to be designed from the ground up to take advantage of Tesla’s next-generation 4680 cells, structural pack, and giga castings.
If all this wasn’t enough, the Cybertruck also features the highest ground clearance of any vehicle in its segment and a new air suspension with industry-leading 14 inches of suspension travel.
All these features added together have made the Cybertruck a compelling vehicle, especially in the durability and off-roading front. However, the Cybertruck also has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that make the full-sized pickup truck a breeze to maneuver in city environments and tight spaces.
The Cybertruck is the first Tesla to feature 4-wheel steering and a steer-by-wire variable dynamic steering ratio steering mechanism. We’ve covered these Cybertruck features in detail in previous articles.
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However, just to recap, according to Elon Musk, the Cybertruck’s rear-wheel steering allows the truck to have the same or a better turning radius than the Tesla Model Y, which is a significantly smaller vehicle with a much shorter wheelbase than the Cybertruck.
The steer-by-wire mechanism allows the Cybertruck to have variable steering input to create similar rotation in the tires. When the vehicle is moving at high speed, you don’t want small steering inputs to cause an exaggerated response which could be dangerous and even lead to an accident.
However, when at low speeds, for example when doing a 5-point turn, you want to be able to quickly turn the tires while applying minimal input on the steering wheel. A steer-by-wire system since there is no permanent link between the steering wheel and tires, allows Tesla to give the Cybertruck different steering ratios at different speeds.
This brings us back to the title at hand. Jeff Roberts, who flies drones over Giga Texas was able to spot a Cybertruck utilizing 4-wheel steering and a steer-by-wire system to do some incredibly tight turns.
In the video, you can see a Cybertruck at the Giga Texas Helipad doing multiple circular turns, and as you can see, the truck is able to do a complete 360-degree turn in almost no space.
Not only that but from the video, you can see how quickly the Cybertruck driver is able to turn the wheels from one end to the opposite using the steer-by-wire system.
If Tesla gave the Cybertruck either a steer-by-wire system or 4-wheel steering, each of them on their own would’ve been amazing, however, both features coupled together are shaping the Cybertruck to perhaps be the most agile and maneuverable pickup truck in the market.
Currently, we still don’t have the details of the Cybertruck’s 4-wheel steering and steer-by-wire systems however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more about these features. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see the Cybertruck demonstrating its 4-wheel steering and steer-by-wire systems? Given these features do you think the Cybertruck will be the truck for city driving? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.