Mercedes unveils new MBUX infotainment at CES 2018

Described as a "revolution in the cockpit", Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off User Experience at the Consumer Electronics Show, a fitting venue for a high-tech auto that promises to push the envelope in the premium compact segment. Mercedes Benz has stated that the name MBUX means that user experience (UX) has been taken care of. Further reports reveal that the first batch of the new infotainment system will be released this spring. All touchscreens are capacitive as are the touch control buttons, while the touchpad offers haptic feedback. The mid-range MBUX brings together 7.0- and 10.25-inch screens, whilst the range-topping system combines two 10.25-inch screens with a resolution of 200 dpi (1920x720 pixels).

Three versions of the MBUX will be available to A-Class customers: the entry-level version features dual 7-inch displays, while a mid-level system includes one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch screen.

"On the one hand, it attunes to the user and her voice and also understands non-native speakers better; on the other hand, the software models on the server learn new buzzwords or changing use of language with time", Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. To command the vehicle to do something, users can simply say "Hey Mercedes".


Mercedes-Benz will be able to update the interface over the air and plans to debut it in its new A-Class cars, which the company has said it will unveil in February.

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience System features two widescreen displays and artificial intelligence in the form of a voice assistant that can be activated by saying "Hey, Mercedes".

With Mercedes me connected services, drivers can remotely lock and unlock their cars with their smartphones. The map display is enhanced with augmented reality technology by leveraging the front camera, for example arrows and house numbers are superimposed directly onto the image.

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