Mercedes-Benz Debuts 56-Inch Infotainment Display for EVs
Mercedes-Benz is giving its next-generation electric car an advanced infotainment system. The screen called MBUX Hyperscreen is based on a massive screen that runs from one side of the dashboard to the other. The system is making its debut in the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan, production of which is scheduled to begin this year.
MBUX stands for “Mercedes-Benz User Experience”, the infotainment system from Mercedes that was introduced in 2018 and is now used in all areas, from luxury cars to vans. The hyperscreen version, however, has little to do with current iterations of MBUX that go beyond a name. The 56-inch OLED display is the largest in a production car and is supported by eight CPU cores, 24 gigabytes of RAM, 46.6 GB of RAM memory bandwidth per second and 12 actuators for haptic feedback. According to Mercedes, the screen glass is also double-coated to reduce reflections and make cleaning easier, while the brightness is automatically adjusted using a camera and light sensor.
The size of the screen also allows separate displays for the driver and front passenger (the latter switches off when the front seat is not occupied). Mercedes has also removed submenus and displayed all functions in what the automaker calls “situational and contextual”. This is in part the result of research into usage patterns of the first generation MBUX system. For example, Mercedes found that navigation was one of the most used functions and the designers placed this in the center of the screen.
MBUX Hyperscreen also uses artificial intelligence to predict what users want, according to Mercedes. The system can take note of when drivers are habitually doing things at certain times – whether they’re calling the same person or activating the car’s hot stone massage function – and make suggestions based on those habits. It doesn’t just work in the car either: the system can detect the positions of steep driveways or speed bumps and automatically raise the suspension to remove them.
MBUX Hyperscreen is presented in the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan – the automaker’s upcoming flagship. The sedan is slated to go into production in Germany in the next few months, while an SUV version is slated to go into production in Alabama in 2022. Mercedes has announced that it will launch 10 new electric cars under its EQ sub-brand by 2025, but the MBUX hyperscreen system will likely be reserved for high-end models.