The control panel is now mounted to the front of the chair! It doesn't control everything, yet, but it's close!
The original design I proposed to the fab guy would probably be a better design, after all was said and done. The weight of the panel enclosure with all of the controls and parts on and in it is enough that one pillar is pushing it when it swings away so the driver can get in and out of the chair. But, for a first version, it's not bad at all.
Plenty of leg room. The LCD still needs to be mounted into its spot, but that's not necessary to drive the thing. :)
The stick is a bit of a reach. The fabrication of the pillars, mounts and enclosure was a good deal, so I'm not complaining. But, I'd like to built better mounting for it and design the mounts in a way that makes the panel swing away way more slickly.
That and the chassis redesign will happen at LM, for sure. Just need to get it drivable so you all can feel what it's like to truly cruise around the office.