Mercedes-Benz premieres the MBUX
Mercedes-Benz premiered its multimedia system, MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience, at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. It will enter series production in 2018 in the new A‑Class. New services from Mercedes me will also be available.
A feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX can be individualized and reportedly adapts to suit the user. This is designed to create an emotional connection between the vehicle, driver, and passengers. At the same time, updates “over the air” are possible, and the company says that the system mark "a new era" at Mercedes me Connectivity.
Other aspects of the system include a high-resolution widescreen cockpit with touchscreen operation, navigation display with augmented reality technology, plus intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition, which is activated with the keywords, “Hey Mercedes.”
Mercedes-Benz says the highlight of MBUX is its touch operation concept—the combination of a touchscreen, touchpad on the center console, and touch-control buttons in the steering wheel. The company says the advantages include an intuitive operating experience and less driver distraction.
“New technologies must focus on the people using them and make their life simpler. That’s why we combine intuitive and natural operation with intelligent and learning software in MBUX,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
“With MBUX we have come another step closer to turning the vehicle into a mobile assistant,” emphasized Sajjad Khan, vice president Digital Vehicle & Mobility at Daimler. “The system's ability to learn is spectacular, and unique to date in the car industry. We are using artificial intelligence to give the user individual suggestions based on their habits. The algorithm we use for this is optimized for on-board use in the vehicle and exploits the opportunities afforded by the latest chip generation. ”
MBUX features 3D maximum-resolution graphics that are rendered in real time. The operating system on the freestanding widescreen cockpit comprises three levels with increasing information density: a Homescreen for the main applications, a Basescreen for the next level of detail, and a Submenu for seldom-used information and settings. The fully digital instrument cluster can be configured virtually entirely according to personal preferences.
MBUX functions are engaged with high-quality, animated 3D renderings of the car shown on-screen which can be rotated and zoomed in real time. The settings can be changed by touching the 3D car model with a finger.
MBUX's LINGUATRONIC voice command system is designed to obey virtually every command and recognize and understand nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation. The intelligent language assistance is activated either via a button on the steering wheel or with the keyphrase, “Hey Mercedes.” The voice control can also learn. It attunes to the user and her voice and also understands non-native speakers better; additionally, the software models on the server learn new buzzwords or changing use of language with time. The system also no longer answers stereotypically, but varies in the dialogue output too.
New and improved Mercedes me connect services are launched with the new infotainment generation MBUX. These include navigation functions based on Car-to-X communication and vehicle locating. The Mercedes me App sends a reminder to leave on time so as to arrive at the next appointment punctually, taking traffic conditions into account.
The driver can also access MBUX functions via smartwatch. At CES 2018, Mercedes-Benz is showing the integration of smartwatches with the operating system Android Wear 2.0 via the Mercedes me Bluetooth link. “Send2Car” is one of the functions. This can be used to send addresses or Points of Interest (POI) directly from the smartwatch into the vehicle. The Parked Vehicle Locator service shows the car's location within a radius of 1.5 km. “First and Last Mile” directs the driver to the parked vehicle/from the vehicle to the final destination.
The hard-disc navigation integrated into MBUX on the basis of HERE map data is designed to predict destinations in advance, suggest points of interest, and navigate to the next filling station as well as function as onboard navigation when there is no online connection.
Map display supplemented by Augmented Reality is a new feature. A video image of the surroundings taken with the aid of the front camera is augmented with helpful navigation information, such as arrows or house numbers that are automatically superimposed directly onto the touchscreen image. This is intended to make it easier for the driver to search for a certain house number.