Citro'n unveiled the C-Airdream at the 2002 Paris International Motor Show as a signpost to future design and technology directions the auto manufacturer intends to take.The trademark Citroen styling is still apparent despite the high-tech innovations in the 2+2 Coupe powered by a 3.0 150 kW V6 engine. The primary departure is the unconventional "drive-by-wire" controls that are housed on the inner hub of the steering replacing pedals and gear stick. The driver operates the vehicle by holding the electronically controlled steering wheel like a control yoke in fighter plane, accelerating using thumb paddles and gear changes are executed with the forefinger using a button interface on the steering wheel rim. Braking is via a twist grip on the steering wheel and electronic control throughout enables the car to adjust the pressure exerted on each brake disk in real time, maximising grip and handling through corners.
C-Airdream - Citroen's stylish fly-by-wire concept
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon