If you’ve wondered when touch controls would arrive on a car’s steering wheel, Mercedes-Benz has the answer: summer 2016.
The 2017 E-Class luxury sedan, which made its debut at the North American International Auto Show, has touch controls on the steering wheel that control the smart-entertainment system through horizontal and vertical swipes. In addition, the car has a 12.3-inch navigation display.
The E-Class also includes the latest in Mercedes’ self-driving technology. The Driver Assistance Package Plus option includes technology that assists with steering during a lane change in traffic and starts automatic braking at the end of a traffic jam. As a result, Mercedes says it’s now possible to avoid a collision completely at speeds of up to 43 mph.
The E-Class has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp and a nine-speed automatic transmission. No prices were announced.