"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back." — "Atlantic City," Bruce Springsteen
Every so often a technology comes along that you instinctively know is so good that there's no way it can fail.
And somehow it does.
It's been almost 20 years since General Motors introduced a four-wheel steering system called Quadrasteer. It was available on GM's full-size pickups and SUVs. In summer 2002, I paid a visit to the Delphi Steering Division in Flint, Mich., and drove a Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab with Quadrasteer around a parking lot at the plant, which is now owned by Nexteer Automotive.
I recall being absolutely astonished that a big pickup could turn a corner so precisely and sharply at speed. There was no perceptible body roll as the truck tracked flat at about 45 mph. I also tested it at low speeds with a trailer hitched to the bumper and found maneuverability made much easier. Quadrasteer reduced the pickup's turning radius from 47 feet to 37 feet, about the same as a compact Saturn sports coupe.