The S-Class will be the most high tech car Mercedes has ever launched! Level 3 regulations are finally here, so the semi autonomous system will be available on launch. The MBUX infotainment system was one of the most modern infotainment systems on the market and it just got a whole lot smarter in the S Class.
The upcoming S Class is seeing a big upgrade in smart features. An improved voice assistant, a premium backseat driving experience, and interior assist is the first step to your car having an informed relationship with you.
MBUX Interior Assist – The gateway to your car
Using your voice alone to communicate with your car it’s intuitive. In order for your car to know what you need, it’s going to have to use sensor data to monitor you. Using the camera in the overhead control panel and learning algorithms, the system will respond to hand gestures and have gaze control. This means the system will know what you want to press if you look at it and move your hand towards it. This is a feature that we’re very curious to test in person. You’ll be able to wave your hand to open the sunroof or operate the rear roller blind by looking over your shoulder.
Interior Assist has 20 control wishes and will also be able to tell if you’re about to leave the car and check the blind spots for bikes or cars. The active ambient lighting becomes part of the exit warning system and flashes red. The cameras will also check to make sure the child seat is installed correctly.
The driver’s attention level is also monitored. The driver is warned by ATTENTION ASSIST if there are signs of microsleep.
Hey Mercedes Gets Smarter
With 27 fewer physical buttons that the previous generation, the voice assistant better have gotten smarter. “Hey Mercedes” is capable of even more dialogue. What’s even better, you don’t need to always say “Hey Mercedes”, accept a telephone call or display the navigation map without the trigger sentence. “Hey Mercedes” can now also explain where the first-aid kit is located, or how to connect a smartphone via Bluetooth. If the driver says “I’m tired”, an activation program of ENERGIZING comfort control is started. The same sentence from the rear starts a well being program.
Hey Mercedes gets conversational. The new Chit-Chat and knowledge domain supplies the right answer to many questions – even questions about animal noises or general knowledge are answered
Backseat driving at its best
The S Class being a car that’s heavy on the luxury the back seat has gotten a lot of attention. Children might be our most precious cargo but in the US and China, many people by an S-Class to sit in the backseat. The rear display are 3D without having to wear 3D glasses and you have have up to 3 displays in the rear! From the backseat you can also select and change the destination in the navigation system. Hey Mercedes can also be controlled from the rear, the car will be able to tell from which seat the passenger is speaking and an ambient light close to the speaker will let you know that you’ve been heard.
Fingerprint, face and voice recognition are combined. This allows access to individual settings or verification of digital payment processes from the vehicle.
New Large Display’s
The driver gets two large display’s which is a change from the long sweeping display that used to cover the front of dashboard.
The center display is 12.8″ OLED with a 1888 x 1728 resolution will have OTAs a storage bandwidth of 41,790 MB/S 320GB SSD, 16GB of RAM and a GPU with 691 Gigaflops.
The S Class has always been the flagship car from Mercedes that tends to push the limits of what’s possible with their technology. MBUX was first launched with AClass because digitialization is important for younger customers. Now that the system has had time to mature, we’re happy to see it go mainstream in a car that’s traditionally for a slightly older customer.
As will all virtual launches it’s hard to say how well the system works, but Mercedes doesn’t have a track record of launching half baked products, so we’re pretty excited to check this out!