Teaser photos and leaked pictures of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class recommended the automaker was transferring in the direction of a extra digital-centric inside. That might need been an understatement.
Mercedes-Benz revealed Monday its second-generation MBUX infotainment system and it’s loaded with new expertise, together with touchscreens, augmented actuality head-up show in addition to improved voice and facial recognition. Gone are most of the bodily switches discovered within the older model of the S-Class. Mercedes mentioned it eliminated 27 mechanical switches for the 2021 mannequin.
The upshot: Mercedes’ is linking expertise with luxurious. And whereas the complete inside of the brand new S-Class has but to be revealed, it seems the corporate is transitioning away from a fairly crowded sprint and heart console space that in earlier fashions included each type of analog button and change in addition to newer digital shows.
Before diving into the tech that stands out within the latest model of MBUX, right here’s a useful graphic that gives an summary.
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz User Experience or MBUX system was unveiled in January 2018 on the CES tech commerce present and debuted within the automaker’s A Class hatchback. That was a departure for Mercedes, which has traditionally reserved its greatest tech for its flagship mannequin the S-Class. Mercedes is returning to that technique with the brand new model of MBUX heading to the 2021 S-Class.
Here are the highlights.
You learn that accurately. The 2021 Mercedes S Class may have as much as 5 touchscreens, which incorporates shows for passengers. The S-Class will come standardly outfitted with 12.8-inch OLED screens that embrace haptic suggestions.
The consumer can management or entry options on the shows by touching or swiping the precise display screen or by utilizing voice management, pure hand gestures and now gaze management. Mercedes did maintain again on maintain some features like lights and windshield wipers off of the touchscreen. The local weather management panel is completely on the decrease fringe of the show.
The system will present the type of customization an S-Class proprietor would count on. Preferences may be saved within the car’s private “Mercedes me” profile. Up to seven totally different profiles are potential within the car.
The look of the screens may also be individualized with a alternative of 4 show types — discreet, sporty, unique and basic. The are three customers modes as effectively to cowl navigation, help and repair. Screen content material may also be shared with different passengers.
In the backseat, the place as much as three screens are optionally obtainable, passengers can share choose and amend navigation locations.
Mercedes has adopted 3D expertise into the car, particularly for the driving force show. The three-dimensional impact is feasible with out having to put on 3D glasses, the automaker mentioned.
The firm was in a position to obtain this impact by combining a traditional LCD show with a particular pixel construction and a controllable LCD aperture grill. A barrier masks is positioned a couple of millimeters in entrance of the LCD. The result’s that the left and proper eye see totally different pixels of the LCD, creating the phantasm of depth.
The 3D show characteristic may be adjusted to a 2D or flatter graphic.
Mercedes-Benz put an early emphasis on voice within the first-generation of MBUX. The automaker mentioned it has improved its voice assistant additional. For occasion, sure actions may be triggered with out the ‘Hey Mercedes’ activation key phrase to simply accept a telephone name or show the navigation map. “Hey Mercedes” can now clarify additional in-car questions resembling, the place the first-aid equipment is positioned or tips on how to join a smartphone by way of Bluetooth.
The voice assistant now understands instructions and questions regarding infotainment sector and car operation in 27 languages. It has additionally turn into much more pure and continues to be taught — two areas we hope to check. For occasion, the voice assistant understands oblique language resembling if a consumer says “I’m chilly” as an alternative of the clear command “Set temperature in footwell to 72 levels.”
There’s additionally a brand new “Chit-Chat” characteristic that provides the suitable reply to many questions — even questions on animal noises or basic information may be answered, Mercedes claims.
Mercedes is all in on the safety of this car. The basic PIN entry remains to be on the S-Class. The automaker has added a brand new authentication technique guarantee a excessive stage of safety.
The system now combines fingerprint, face and voice recognition. This permits entry to particular person settings. That additional layer of safety isn’t there to guard your seating desire, though maybe that’s value defending. It’s additionally there to permit customers to make funds digitally from inside the car.
Safety features and assistants
Besides the voice assistant, the infotainment system is provided with different instruments to help the driving force.
For occasion, there’s a particular blind spot warning designed for drivers leaving their car. Sensors and cameras can detect the driving force’s intention to depart and can problem warning if there are highway customers and obstacles alongside the automobile. Another warning will alert of an unattached baby seat on the entrance passenger seat.
The car may even pay attention for cues to gauge the alertness stage of the driving force. If the driving force says “I’m drained,” an activation program of energizing consolation management is began. The identical sentence from the rear begins a well-being program.