Mercedes’ AI-enabled Hyperscreen explained | CES 2021

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Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled its enormous MBUX Hyperscreen, a gigantic in-car display unit which stretches from door to door.

While the Hyperscreen is presented as the “biggest screen ever built-in Mercedes”, it actually features three distinctly separate, high-end displays.

The displays are covered by a single, gently curving piece of glass, the largest freeform Gorilla Glass panel to ever feature in a Mercedes, which the firm claims appears to “float” in the cabin.

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The displays are able to communicate not only with each other for seamless operation, but also with two rear-seat displays, creating a multi-seat entertainment system.

It provides drivers (and your passengers) access to your phone, charging information, entertainment features, navigation, connectivity, seat massage settings, social media and more.

Packed beneath the touchscreen are 12 actuators which provide haptic feedback during operation. This generates a sensation similar to pressing a physical button when your finger touches the screen, providing assurance that your input has registered.

We’ve seen this implemented by a number of other car brands already, and it provides a better transition for those used to manual buttons and dials to an all-touch interface.

The main pOLED display is a 17.7-inch, 3088 x 1728 offering and has the map displayed as default in the majority of the screen real estate. Other functions appear as tiles below the map, with permanent climate controls below them.

There’s good news for the front seat passenger, as they get their own 12.3-inch, 2400 x 900 pOLED display.

This ‘co-driver display’ allows the passenger to help with navigation, control music playback and view vehicle information – but it won’t interfere with the driver or their displays. You’ll also be able to watch videos, and even live TV, although this option won’t be available in every market.

In markets where the front-seat passenger can watch video while the car is on the move, the driver will be monitored for distraction by a camera. If camera detects the driver looking at the passenger’s screen, the MBUX will automatically pause playback until the driver is concentrating on the road again.

Front and rear seat passengers (where rear-seat screens are installed) will be able to share content between each other, with the ability to swipe videos to each other’s displays so they can all enjoy the same content at once. When stopped, the central 17.7-inch display can also be used to view videos.

The third display, which completes the Hyperscreen setup, is the 12.3-inch, 2400 x 900 instrument cluster LCD display. Digital instrument clusters are becoming more common in new cars, so it’s no surprise that it also features here.

It features color themes and different visuals for each of the driving modes, with speed, navigation and G-force graphics just some of the options you’ll get to choose from.
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