A new, smarter steering wheel that feels your touch

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The car industry continues to welcome technology, which it has done for a long time.

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Every time technology moves forward, car companies figure out how to add these advances to their vehicles. This is the reason people had radios, cassette players, CD players, and now cars have satellite radios and Bluetooth capabilities.

There’s no doubt this industry embraces technology, and the public wants it to. One reason to purchase a new car is because of all the new toys you’ll be able to play with. Sometimes, you can’t imagine the next big thing until it happens, like how there’s smart safety technology that warns you if you’re drifting into another lane.

A new thing is coming from Mercedes. This automaker continues to push the envelop to places no one suspects. A smart steering wheel seems kind of strange, yet it might become a vital component in many vehicles at some point. You’ll find the smart wheel in the new E-Class line of this automaker.

What’s up with this new steering wheel?

Adding tech to the steering wheel isn’t a new thing. Truth is, automakers have been putting tech on the steering wheel for some time. This the reason you can press a button on your steering wheel and change your radio station and other useful things.

Still, you probably can’t remember any steering wheel changes for some time now. Automakers added some safety features a while back. For example, if you’re driving for a long time, the vehicle might ask you to wiggle the steering wheel to make sure everything is okay. You can see why this feature might be helpful, but it’s also a little annoying. These features have been on the wheel for years now, but Mercedes decided to change all that.

The wheel helps detect if you’re still driving but not by asking you to wiggle the steering wheel or anything. No, it has a two-zone sensor system that helps detect if you’re holding the wheel like you’re supposed to be when driving. If for some reason it stops detecting your hands, then it warns you of this. It’s easy to see that automakers like Mercedes want people to be safe. The driver, passengers, and people around you are going to be safer with a feature like this.

It’s cool to have a steering wheel with sensors, and it helps you imagine what else might be possible in the future. This is just the first step, but technology continues to get better.

Smart steering wheels also have pressure sensors. In essence, they recognize the normal type of pressure you put on your wheel, and if there’s a change, the wheel imagines that you might be falling asleep. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. People fall asleep at the wheel often.

It’s one of the reasons people have accidents on the road. After a long time of driving, this experience can get a little boring, and that could cause you to fall asleep. On top of that, there are a lot of people who don’t get all the sleep they should. This could make it easier for them to fall asleep at the wheel.

People also drive back from a long day at work, which can be not only tiring but stressful.

Being behind the wheel can give them a sense of peace, and that could lead some people to fall asleep. These are just some reasons people fall asleep, but they’re all dangerous. It’s easy to see why Mercedes and other automakers want to introduce technology that’s going to help drivers drive a little safer. Hopefully, they continue to add technology that’ll make driving better for everyone.