Mercedes Reveals Its Hyperscreen Infotainment Display

When Mercedes-Benz’s electric flagship EQS arrives this spring, it will have as an option a new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) called MBUX Hyperscreen. Mercedes says the Hyperscreen is several steps ahead of what we’ve experienced so far in terms of technology and in fact the automaker calls it “both the brain and nervous system of the car.”

The Hyperscreen is not merely a floating screen above the center console like we’re used to with today’s MBUX systems. This baby is over 56 inches wide, stretching almost the entire width of the dash, pretty much from door to door. Sajjad Khan, member of the Mercedes Board of Management of and chief technology officer, says the Hyperscreen has learning-capable software and can continually get to know the customer better. He says the system “delivers a tailored, personalized infotainment and operating offering without the occupant needing to click or scroll anywhere.

“We analyzed the customer feedback of the first MBUX generation and asked ourselves: ‘What do people need and how do they interact in the car? Especially in an electric car?’ The goal was a concept without distraction of the driver or creating complicated operation,” Khan told us.

Mercedes says to help make road trips more entertaining the front-seat passenger also has their own display area with individualized content for up to seven profiles. If the passenger seat is not occupied the screen becomes what Benz calls a “digital decorative part,” or animated stars. Organic light-emitting diode technology (OLED) is used for the 17.7-inch central and 12.3 front passenger displays for a very high resolution image. OLED has individual image pixels that are self-luminous and the screen appears black when the car is switched off.

All the graphics are in a new blue/orange color scheme, and the classic cockpit display with two circular instruments has a new digital look.

Mercedes insists the MBUX Hyperscreen is intuitive and easy to operate, reducing operating steps thanks to artificial intelligence. The screen can even proactively display functions at the appropriate time for the user. Mercedes calls it “context-sensitive awareness,” and it is constantly optimized by changes in the surroundings and user behavior. Mercedes researched how customers have been using MBUX and learned navigation, radio/media and phone are used most often. So in the Hyperscreen, the navigation is always at the center of the screen. More than 20 more functions—from active massage to a birthday reminder—are automatically offered if they are relevant to the customer.

For example, if the EQS driver regularly uses the hot-stone massage function featured, the system learns this and automatically suggests the hot-stone massage function for the driver in colder temperatures. Khan also told us if you sell your EQS the next owner can reset the system to set up their own preferences.

Kahn said the Hyperscreen will be available in Benz’s other upcoming EVs announced a couple weeks ago. “Of course the software is going to continue to get more advanced and the Hyperscreen will continue to have more and more functionality,” he told us. He added that as the functionality advances the Hyperscreen will get over-the-air updates.

Mercedes revealed the Hyperscreen leading up to next week’s virtual Consumer Electronics Show. The company showed the first MBUX generation at CES in Las Vegas in January 2018.

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