Tesla’s decision to bring back the steering wheel is a reversal of its initial plans for the Model S and X. In April 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the vehicles would be equipped with a yoke-style steering system, which he said was safer and more efficient than traditional wheels. However, due to customer feedback, as well as safety regulations in many countries that require cars to have a wheel-and-pedal setup rather than just a yoke, Tesla decided to switch back.

Tesla

The new setup will cost current owners $700 if they choose to retrofit their cars with the traditional steering system. The update will also include other changes such as revised seatbelt adjustments, improved power seats, and optimized climate controls.

It’s not clear yet if this move by Tesla will satisfy safety regulators in countries that require cars to have a wheel-and-pedal setup, but it appears the company is taking steps in the right direction. The return of the steering wheel may also make some customers more comfortable with their vehicles.

Tesla’s decision to bring back the steering wheel shows that even when it seems like a company has made up its mind about something, it can still be open to change—especially when customer feedback and safety regulations are concerned. It remains to be seen how this move will affect Tesla’s sales going forward, but for now, at least current owners can opt for a more traditional driving experience.