Mercedes New Steering Wheel Covers Capacitive Sensors: Making System Monitoring Easier

A few months after the launch of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the car company will bring a brand new E-Class sedan and convertible,media reported. In between, Mercedes decided to reveal more details about a biotech component of the E-Class lineup.

Mercedes New Steering Wheel Covers Capacitive Sensors: Making System Monitoring Easier

From the images released by Mercedes, it’s not hard to see how the new steering wheel used in the E-Class makes a big adjustment — first, the steering wheel’s button spokes have changed from the original single-layer to two-layer designs, and then the spokes below have become two designs.

It is understood that each of the extended double-layered control spokes has a set of capacitive sensors that allow it to track where the driver’s finger is falling. In other words, the driver can not only get a response by pressing the function symbol above, but also by sliding the action to get extra function.

Mercedes-Benz says the steering wheel switch can be used at temperatures above the boiling water, meaning the car will still work perfectly after a period of time in the hot sun.

The steering wheel’s functionality adjustments go far beyond that. If you go back in time, the car assist system warns the driver when it detects that his hands are off the steering wheel, at which point the driver must swing some steering wheel to let the torque sensor know that his hand is in the position he should be. But this will no longer be a problem in the future, as each side of the reverse disk will have a capacitive sensor, so a solid grip will let the auxiliary system know.

It is reported that Mercedes-Benz plans to release the new E-Class coupe and convertible at the digital world premiere on its official website at 5 a.m. Pacific time on May 27.