Johnson Controls operates in the electronics and interiors side of the automotive industry. Han Hendricks is the vice president of advanced product development for the company and he has a prediction of how the classic steering wheel may soon find its way out of existence with autonomous vehicles.

The Detroit News questioned Hendriks recently, and revealed his personal belief is that “After 2025, the steering wheel will play a less dominant role in the interior,” commenting that, “With fully autonomous vehicles, you don’t have to be forward looking as a driver, you don’t need to have an instrument panel. Then you can really just think of a car as a box that you enter.”

Check out some joystick operated concepts from the 1996 Mercedes-Benz F200 Concept below: