German’s automaker, Mercedes-Benz is taking a step forward into the future as it recently unveiled the Hyperscreen display – a big infotainment display technology that will be added to its luxury sedans soon.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its huge, pillar-to-pillar, 56-inch touchscreen that will debut in the upcoming EQS luxury electric sedan according to The Verge. The Hyperscreen is the centrepiece of the automaker’s second-generation MBUX infotainment system that foregoes physical buttons in favour of a completely digital (and voice-controlled) in-car user experience.
It should also be noted that the Hyperscreen isn’t just a single huge screen, but several displays embedded in one solid piece of curved glass that spans across the entire dashboard of the car.
When you look at the early images provided by Mercedes-benz that showcase what the Hyperscreen infotainment display is supposed to look like, there appears to be at least three screens embedded in the display: an instrument cluster behind the steering column, a central infotainment screen, and an additional screen facing the front passenger.
The new technology is expected to appear in the EQS line, a luxury electric sedan that the German automaker has said will go into production in late 2021, and will be powered by MBUX, which is short for “Mercedes-Benz User Experience.”
The concept was first introduced in 2018, and according to The Verge, the MBUX is one of the more capable automaker-created, voice-controlled infotainment systems on the market. It offers a vast array of features and is said to be the next big thing for the auto industry.
According to Mercedes, the Hyperscreen will include something called “zero layers,” in which the user no longer has to scroll through a variety of sub-menus or give voice commands “as the most important applications are always available in a situational and contextual way at the top of the driver’s field of vision.” The automaker provided a couple of examples, including:
If you always call one particular person on the way home on Tuesday evenings, you will be asked to make a corresponding call on that day of the week and that specific time of day. A business card appears with their contact information and – if it’s stored – their photo will appear. All MBUX suggestions are linked to the user’s profile. If someone else drives the EQS on a Tuesday evening, this recommendation would not be made – or another one is made, depending on the preferences of the other user.
It has been reported that the Hyperscreen will include a total of 12 actuators beneath the touch-sensitive surface for haptic feedback. Two coatings of the cover plate are said to reduce reflections and make cleaning easier.
The curved glass itself consists of particularly scratch-resistant aluminium silicate. And analogue air vents are embedded in the surface at either end, offering an interesting blend of the digital and physical.
Mercedes’ Hyperscreen is expected to appear in production in the late 2021
The Hyperscreen won’t appear in a production car until the late 2021 release of the EQS, but the new version MBUX will see its debut in the new S-Class, which was first unveiled late last year. The updated infotainment system will let drivers save various preferences like seat settings, interior lighting colour, favourite radio station, and more which is actually cool.
The personal profiles of drivers will also be enabled or disabled by using the new security features or even loaded in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The system will also include a fingerprint sensor, voice recognition, and a PIN setting as well. Buyers can opt for a version of the car with cameras that allow for facial recognition, too.
Over the years, car manufacturers such as Cadillac with their 2021 Escalade, and Dodge’s 2019 Ram 1500 have included larger touchscreens in their cars, and is going to become a standard with electric SUVs and other production cars later on.
Tesla has implemented similar features with their Model 3 vehicles, including a 15-inch screen, which floats above the dashboard. The feature has set a high standard for what is expected in electric cars and it seems automakers like Mercedes are looking into switching to the idea too.
Though the advancement in technology isn’t a bad thing, having such screens in cars can prove to be distracting to drivers without a robust diver monitoring system in place to ensure one stays focused on the road. Some have gone ahead to say it is unnecessary and automakers should pay more attention on other aspects that improve user experience in general.
The hyperscreens have also been seen as a huge liability and safety risk. According to a recent study by AAA, it found that many digital infotainment systems turning up in newer cars may be distracting enough to increase the risk for accidents, especially for older drivers.
Mercedes says its zero layer feature will hopefully reduce driver distraction — though that will need to be proven out. “The goal was a concept without distraction of the driver or creating complicated operation,” Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG and CTO on the new MBUX generation, said in a press release.
“We didn’t want to build the biggest screen ever in a car. Instead, we have developed special screens with a perfect ratio of size and functionality for maximum user-friendliness.”
Source: The Verge
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