Of course, for them too, Saab was always quirky in a cool way. The test car SAAB 9000, even has side-mounted joystick instead of a steering wheel. The system is fail-safed with reserve hydraulic preasure and electrical power. Saab’s research tide into Europe’s Eureka PROMETHEUS smart highway program (PROgraMme for a European Traffic of Highest Efficiency and Unprecedented Safety, 1987-1995).
The Prometheus was part of a broader pan-European program that drew funding and expertise from governments, automakers and suppliers to make cars safer, cleaner and quieter. The joystick-Saab was just one idea; other projects included things like adaptive cruise control and IR camera systems that identify things in low light or poor conditions.
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