Silverado all-electric truck offers four-wheel steering
How does the Silverado all-wheel steering feature work?
The upcoming all-electric Silverado from Chevy is poised to offer all-wheel steering as an option. This has a lot of people asking questions. How does the Silverado all-wheel steering feature work? We may be able to provide you with some answers. Feel free to check out our new Silverado inventory at Carl Black in Orlando, FL, while you are here.
What is four-wheel steering?
You know what four-wheel drive is right? To put it in the simplest terms it means that power can go to all four wheels. What does four-wheel steering mean then? Again, to put it simply, it means that steering inputs can go to all four wheels as well. This allows the rear wheels to angle in and out just like the front wheels, though it is a little more complicated than that.
Advantages of four-wheel steering
Believe it or not, four-wheel steering has been offered on luxury vehicles (often sedans) for quite some time. This is a good thing for a truck like the Silverado looking to adopt a similar system because it means that most of the design and operating principles are already well understood and utilized.
Before we dive too deep on the Silverado system, know that we know very little about how it is planned to be utilized. What we do know is that it will be used to make tighter corners. This is done by steering the rear wheels opposite the front wheels. This allows for a much tighter turning radius. It is worth noting that most automotive applications of this steering tech only enable this type of operation at low speed. On the highway, such operation would be detrimental to your driving experience.
That brings us to another potential mode of operation for four-wheel steering that we do not yet know if the Silverado will take advantage of. This other mode would operate at high speeds and it would steer the rear wheels in the same direction as the front for subtle things like lane changes. Since this may not be ideal in towing applications, we do not yet know if such a feature will be included on the Silverado.