2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class MBUX system fresh details unveiled
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class, which is expected to debut on international markets later this year, will be the first car to feature the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) second-generation infotainment system.
The device is said to be ‘learnable’ and provides improved speech recognition capabilities, updated screens, and more personalization opportunities both in the front and rear of the car.
Mercedes states that the car’s owner typically sits in the back in the primary markets of the S-class-the US and China-and he has “systematically planned his flagship model’s latest version with the rear in mind.” As such, rear passengers are granted access to the same infotainment features as front passengers. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class has up to three touch-screens, each of which can be configured with OLED technology and haptic touch feedback.
Increased sensor utilization plays a big part in updating the system. When an occupant wants to leave the car, the exit warning function can detect the ambient lights in the interior flash red when another vehicle approaches a blind spot and the front passenger seat can detect whether a child seat is properly secured.
Furthermore, the S-class can automatically change the seats and mirrors to match the driver, lift the rear roller blind and lower it when the driver looks over their shoulder. The sliding sunroof can also be worked based on hand movements.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-class has 27 fewer conventional buttons and switches compared to today ‘s edition, with an increased focus on swiping, voice control, and hand gestures. Some functions may be controlled using familiar physical controls, such as the headlights and windscreen wipers.
The signature “Hey, Mercedes” voice recognition feature for the MBUX system has also been upgraded. Now it can be used to clarify where the car’s first aid kit is located and connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone, as well as conventional functionality such as taking a phone call or showing a sat-nav chart. When a driver says “I am exhausted,” an ‘energizing’ program will be triggered by the machine, or when a rear passenger says the same word, a ‘wellbeing’ program.
Mercedes also tightened the reliability of its infotainment system as part of the upgrades. A combination of fingerprint, face, and voice recognition will be used to provide access to individualized settings or verify digital payment processes, as well as requiring a PIN to enable certain functions.
MBUX can be linked to the Mercedes smartphone app to enable owners to set up seven multiple settings-with preferred automatic seat, radio and lighting settings-and unlock them by scanning a QR code at the entry. These may then be transferred to other Mercedes models equipped with the same system via the cloud. The cloud platform also enables control of Smart Home fitted appliances and domestic systems from inside the vehicle.
There are also features of augmented reality projecting three-dimensional directional arrows onto the road ahead to minimize the driver’s need to take his or her eyes off the road.
Mercedes has decided to launch the Mercedes-Benz S-class of India-spec in 2021, due next year.
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