Years ago there was a great Top Gear bit that was fronted by Jeremy Clarkson and the always brilliant James May.

The two chaps went on a search for the first vehicle that standardized automobile controls.

In other words, the steering wheel, gear change and pedals were as we know them in today's modern autos.

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**READ the Nissan IDS Concept's press release HERE!

A great question was asked at one point: Who said that the controls had to be this way? It seems like Nissan may have been listening.

That's because the all-new IDS Concept has a completely different solution from what we're used to. If you choose to be driven in an autonomous mode, you get what looks like a tablet screen and the vehicle's seating arrangement is more like a intimate cafe. Should you choose to do the wheeling and dealing, however, the vehicle's seating arrangement changes and the tablet collapses. Then, you are presented with two hand controls that, according to the press release, are inspired by horse reins.

Seems archaic for such a forward-thinking automobile, no?

Check out the IDS' fancy trickery, below!

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#NAIAS: A Driving Experience Like None Other — Get A Look At The Nissan IDS Concept's Take On The Steering Wheel

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