LOS ANGELES – Mercedes-Benz will roll out a brand new infotainment structure referred to as MB.OS that may change the MBUX system in all of its automobiles, possible beginning with the next-generation MMA compact automotive platform.
With its new MB.OS structure, Mercedes-Benz is pairing with ultra-HD video developer Unity to convey gaming realism into the automotive world. It is also upgrading the “Hey Mercedes” private assistant’s intelligence and interactivity right into a 3D “Star Avatar” that will probably be extra akin to a “digital butler,” stated Magnus stberg, Mercedes-Benz chief software program officer.
Utilizing the just lately launched “Hyperscreen” digital show that spans from pillar to pillar (pictured above, however with the present MBUX variation discovered within the Mercedes EQS), the MB.OS system will enable for 3D navigation that may zoom from satellite tv for pc view all the way down to 10 meters. It additionally will account for what time of day it’s to make sure an correct real-time show.
“It is your surroundings proper in entrance of you. It is as a lot actuality as potential in a navigation system,” stberg stated. Navus would be the expertise associate for the navigation engine.
stberg, talking at a media briefing right here, stated Mercedes has been utilizing machine studying to look at the accuracy, issues, and frustrations with the present MBUX infotainment system and its “Hey Mercedes” voice controls.
The subsequent-generation interactivity will be capable of curate a playlist, and supply eco-driving teaching and hints whereas the car is in movement, stated Benjamin Kuhn, senior supervisor UX/UI design for Mercedes-Benz R&D North America. The movement of dialog with “Hey Mercedes” will probably be “extra fluid” and be capable of perceive close-enough driver instructions, moderately than require particular wording to activate a perform. The system will study and enhance its interactivity with every particular proprietor. And world iterations in software program permutations and upgrades will probably be beamed by way of over-the-air updates.
On the audio entrance, Mercedes will equip its automobiles with a Dolby Atmos spatial sound system, which offers a full 3D expertise. “It is going to be like sitting in the midst of your favourite band or orchestra,” stberg stated. The system will enable for a full number of streaming-audio and -video content material.
MBUX as discovered within the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class
Why has Mercedes chosen to make use of an entry-luxury car for a brand new software program launch, moderately than a flagship car? It would not be the primary time, as Mercedes launched MBUX within the A-Class platform, together with the GLB pictured above. In keeping with UX/UI senior supervisor Kuhn, these entry-luxury patrons are typically youthful, and thus higher at acclimating to a brand new system – and discovering bugs.
Mercedes introduced final 12 months that it’s hiring a further 1,000 software program engineers to convey MB.OS to life, in addition to develop cloud computing and different R&D capabilities. Why so many new workers?
“We wish to personal the person interface and APIs, the structure and integration, as a result of then we personal the posh expertise,” stberg stated. “We’re proudly owning this accountability and never outsourcing. If we relinquish knowledge, we relinquish knowledge safety.”
That is in distinction to numerous automakers, together with Normal Motors and Volvo, that are turning to Google and its Android Automotive infotainment suite.
After all, Mercedes wants software program companions to develop apps. However in proudly owning the UI, Mercedes can even personal buyer’s knowledge. stberg, who got here to Mercedes from automotive provider Aptiv final August, stated Mercedes will observe strict knowledge privateness. If a automotive adjustments possession, Mercedes erases the automotive’s reminiscence of the earlier proprietor. The info and settings go together with the individual’s Mercedes Me account, which implies sure attributes could be pre-programmed into the subsequent Mercedes a loyal proprietor acquires.