This is bound to become a very controversial topic yet this article (in revealing the technology has been adopted by Toyota for its bZ4X electric SUV) treats it in a very matter-of-fact way. https://www.designfa...rearticle&pn=04
A uniquely shaped steering wheel, which eliminates the need to change grip when steering, is part of the vehicle's steer-by-wire system. Using steer-by-wire technology does away with the mechanical connection through the steering shaft and results in a more direct response between steering operation and driving force. It also enables the vehicle to turn with less steering angle and more precision, but it could take some getting used to for some drivers.
Whether the steer-by-wire system makes it to the production model is not clear but it does seem the time is right. With more and more people prepared to accept hands-off driving or cars with no wheel at all, why not steer-by-wire?