MBUX or Mercedes-Benz User Experience has become a familiar sight to Mercedes owners and car enthusiasts alike.
Till recently, MBUX displays consisted of two screens: one for the instrument cluster and another for the infotainment system.
The upcoming all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS, however, will be equipped with the much more expansive MBUX Hyperscreen.
MBUX HYPERSCREEN: GOING WIDE
The MBUX Hyperscreen consists of several displays that appear to blend seamlessly. This results in a curved screen band that spans the length of the vehicle’s dashboard. Analogue air vents are integrated into this digital surface to connect the digital and physical world.
There are 12 actuators beneath the touchscreen for haptic feedback during operation. If the finger touches certain points there, they trigger a tangible vibration in the cover plate.
Two coatings of the cover plate reduce reflections and make cleaning easier. The curved glass itself consists of particularly scratch-resistant aluminium silicate.
The safety measures include predetermined breaking points alongside the side outlet openings as well as five holders which can yield in a targeted manner in a crash thanks to their honeycomb structure.
The Hyperscreen is surrounded by a continuous plastic front frame. Its visible part is painted in an elaborate three-layer process in “Silver Shadow”.
Integrated ambient lighting installed in the lower part of the MBUX Hyperscreen makes the display appear to float on the instrument panel.
NOT JUST FOR DRIVERS
The front passenger also has his own display and operating area, which offers up to seven profiles for customisation.
However, the entertainment functions of the passenger display are only available during the journey within the framework of the country-specific legal regulations.
If the passenger seat is unoccupied, the screen becomes a digital decorative part. In this case, animated stars, such as the Mercedes-Benz Pattern, are displayed.
OLED technology is used in the central and passenger displays. Non-controlled image pixels remain switched off, so that they appear deep black.
The active OLED pixels, on the other hand, radiate with high colour brilliance. This results in high contrast values, regardless of the angle of view and the lighting conditions.
All the graphics are styled in a new blue/orange colour scheme throughout. The classic cockpit display with two circular instruments has been reinterpreted with a digital laser sword in a glass lens.
MBUX HYPERSCREEN: INTUITION
Mercedes says that the Hyperscreen is user-friendly. For instance, in display style EV mode, key functions of the electric drive such as boost or recuperation are visualized in a new way, with a spatially moving clasp.
A lens-shaped object moves between these clamps. It follows gravity and thus depicts the G-Force forces impressively and emotionally.
In order to reduce the number of steps needed to control the MBUX Hyperscreen, Mercedes developed a user interface with “context-sensitive” awareness with the help of artificial intelligence.
This helps the system display the right functions at the right time for the user. It is also constantly optimised by changes in the surroundings and user behaviour.
The so-called zero-layer provides the user at the top level of the MBUX information architecture with dynamic, aggregated content from the entire MBUX system and related services.
Over 20 further functions – from the active massage programme through the birthday reminder, to the suggestion for the to-do list – are automatically offered with the aid of artificial intelligence when they are relevant to the customer.
“Magic Modules” is the in-house name the developers have given to these suggestion modules, which are shown on the zero-layer of the MBUX Hyperscreen.
For instance, if you always call a certain friend on the way home on Tuesday evenings, you will be asked to make a corresponding call on that day of the week and at this time of day. A business card with the contact information appears.
All MBUX suggestions are linked to the user’s profile. If someone else drives the EQS on a Tuesday night, this recommendation is not made – or there is another, depending on the preferences of the other user.
In addition, since the chassis of the EQS can be lifted to provide more ground clearance, MBUX can remember the GPS position at which the “Vehicle Lift-Up” function was used.
If the vehicle approaches the GPS position again, MBUX will suggest to lift the EQS’ ride height.