Mercedes-Benz User Experience Showcased at the 2018 CES

Marco Green
January 13, 2018

Mercedes-Benz has dropped another teaser for the recast G-Class SUV, the big, boxy, luxury off-roader we all know and love.

Mercedes introduced the new infotainment system it plans to put in its compact cars Thursday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Called Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX for short, it will enter production later this year in the next A-Class hatchback. Mercedes previewed the A-Class interior late past year, but now the company is giving us more details on what to expect when the new system rolls out. The driver can also access MBUX functions via a smartwatch and send addresses directly from the watch to the vehicle, or use the watch to find a parked vehicle. What the screens display is reconfigurable, but the default setting puts a traditional speedometer and tachometer in front of the driver. Users will also have the option to view menus in two or three dimensions.

The new MBUX interface will allow users to make changes through a graphical representation of their vehicle. It can recognize various speech patterns. Sajjad Khan, Mercedes-Benz's vice president of digital vehicle and mobility, demonstrated how that might work by simulating a weather-related question while on stage. The system can learn a wide range of info about users' needs and driving habits, which then serves to predict choices and actions, for example in terms of itineraries or the preferred radio station. Similar to systems like Amazon Alexa, the voice-activated assistant can be summoned with the phrase "Hey, Mercedes". What's more, Mercedes said owners can connect the MBUX to their smart watches, from which they can remotely interact with their cars.

Mercedes-Benz has one more teaser scheduled before the official reveal, which is scheduled for January 14. It adapts to the preferences of its users and it offers "over the air updates".

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