Steering wheel control mechanism

  • US 7,648,004 B1
  • Filed: 03/09/2006
  • Issued: 01/19/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/14/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A control mechanism for a steering wheel of a vehicle, the control mechanism comprising:

  • a steering assembly configured to mount to a steering wheel of a vehicle, the steering assembly comprising a first component;

    a motoring assembly comprising a second component, wherein the motoring assembly is operative to move the steering wheel via the steering assembly when the first component is mechanically engaged with the second component; and

    a disengagement mechanism configured to mechanically disengage the first and second components in response to a user-applied force to the steering wheel.

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