Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first version of the MBUX proprietary infotainment system (taken from the phrase Mercedes-Benz user experience) at CES 2018. Now, three years later, on the eve of CES 2021, the company has unveiled an upgraded version of its advanced infotainment system called Hyperscreen.
The hyperscreen, first used in the EQS 2022 electric sedan, relies on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Mercedes-Benz says that thanks to these two features, the hyperscreen will be better integrated with everyday uses and traffic, and will provide a better experience for the driver and other occupants.
Undoubtedly, the main physical feature of the hyperscreen is its special design and very large dimensions, so that it covers the entire dashboard of the car and is 56 inches long from one edge to the other. This modern system is actually made up of a combination of three OLED displays, one of which is dedicated to the passenger side of the driver.
In addition to common information, the driver-side hyperscreen displays other details such as energy recovered during braking, charge level and driving status in the Mercedes-Benz EQS. As you can guess, the middle part of this huge display is dedicated to the infotainment system, and the right side is responsible for entertaining or providing some information to the passenger next to the driver. When the passenger seat is empty, this display shows a galaxy of the company logo.
On either side of the hyperscreen are air conditioning round vents that hang from the display due to their special design. According to the Stuttgarters, these two circular valves connect the analog world to the digital world. Complementing the beauty of the hyperscreen plastic frame is the edge, which has given it a special shine with dark silver color.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the curved hyperscreen glass is formed at a temperature of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit (648 degrees Celsius) to be completely transparent and strong, free of any distortion. For comparison, Gorilla Glass is produced at a temperature of 750 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 400 degrees).
As the German pioneer company claims, the safety of hyperscreen glass for severe accidents has been subjected to various tests, and customers should be comfortable with this. According to the Stuttgartians, the hypercreen glass has break points on both sides and at 5 points of connection to the dashboard, and thanks to the honeycomb structure, it breaks in severe collisions according to a predefined pattern.
Hyperscreen is able to store information of several drivers and passengers and enable the most optimal settings for them with the help of artificial intelligence. For example, the Mercedes-Benz EQS suspension system is equipped with the ability to change the height so that the driver does not have trouble entering the parking lot or crossing the handrails. Now, if the driver raises the height of the car several times in a certain place (such as the parking lot entrance), the hyperscreen learns this behavior and suggests changing the height to the driver the next time before reaching it!
Apart from location, hyperscreen also learns based on time factor. For example, if the driver makes a phone call several times on Tuesday evening after leaving work, the Mercedes-Benz EQS hypercreen will remember this and the next time it will show the contact or contacts who are most likely to be contacted.
Interestingly, if someone other than the owner sits behind the EQS command, the hyperscreen recognizes this and avoids displaying repetitive contacts!
Even without artificial intelligence, the innovative Mercedes-Benz system looks attractive and modern. The front screen of the hyperscreen center, labeled “zero-layer,” allows access to features such as maps, audio, and call management. Mercedes-Benz has stated that the reason for this choice is that they are widely used in the previous version of MBUX. In addition, voice commands are activated as before by saying “Hey Mercedes” and the driver can control the various features of the car.
As you can see in the attached images, the hyperscreen does not have any physical buttons, and there will probably be no common buttons on the EQS to control the air conditioning or adjust the volume of the audio system.
The Stuttgart automaker will offer the hyperscreen as an option for the EQS family. It is not yet clear exactly when this green family will arrive, but it is expected that we will see the introduction of the sedan model next summer and the EQS chassis member in the fall or finally next winter.
In addition to the EQS series, the hyperscreen is expected to be gradually introduced in other Mercedes-Benz products. Perhaps the current generation S-Class is one of the models in line to receive this new system.