According tomedia reports, the driver’s friends will certainly assume that the steering wheel will always be there. No matter what brand of car you buy, they will have a steering wheel and regular controls. That may not be the case, however, and Mercedes is talking about a fully digital steering wheel for the new E-Class sedan, which will be launched in the summer of 2020.
The new E-Class will feature a capacitive steering wheel with a dual-zone sensor pad at the edge of the steering wheel that detects whether the driver’s hand is clenching the steering wheel. Touch control buttons are used on the spokes of the steering wheel to process digital signals. Mercedes says the steering wheel needs to be designed to work with developers and designers.
Each millimeter on the board determines the design of the steering wheel surface. The carmaker says it’s all about look and feel. In the company’s view, the steering wheel is the only part of the car that has close physical contact with the driver, except for the seats.
Sensors are available at the front and rear of the new steering wheel. The driver does not need to turn the movement to signal the auxiliary system that the vehicle is under control. The new capacitive buttons on the steering wheel eliminate the mechanical operating surface. Mercedes points out that all the buttons are designed to work at temperatures above 100 degrees Celsius.
In addition, Mr Mercedes said, they chose high-quality materials to make all vehicle control systems work. In the future, it will offer three versions of the steering wheel: Sport, Deluxe and Superrun. The diameter will vary slightly depending on the version, where the super-run version is 370 mm and the deluxe version is 380 mm.