Mercedes MBUX infotainment revives touch, adds AI

Roadshow | 1/10/2018 | Andrew Krok
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Mercedes-Benz's current infotainment system, Comand, has been criticized of late for its unnecessary complexity and lack of modern connectivity. The automaker clearly heard and addressed all that criticism in its new infotainment system.

Mercedes-Benz used CES 2018 to unveil its new infotainment system, called the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX for short. It might sound like a hotel loyalty program, but MBUX promises to send Mercedes-Benz's latest vehicles rocketing toward a connected future.

Order - Comand - Combination - Touchpad - Controller

In order to use Comand, you had to use a combination touchpad and rotary controller that didn't always feel intuitive. Instead of relying on a single input type, MBUX brings the touchscreen back into action, working alongside the aforementioned touchpad as well as touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel.

Anything is an improvement over Comand.

MBUX - Widescreen - Displays - Gauge - Cluster

MBUX comprises two widescreen displays, one to replace the traditional gauge cluster and one for the infotainment. The gauge cluster screen has a traditional two-gauge layout, but those gauges can be switched around -- you can show current media, an analog clock, a navigation map or fuel consumption figures instead of speed or revs.

Over on the right, a home screen displays large images for quick-tap access to media, navigation and phone menus. Each of those images can display pertinent information just below, including ETAs and whatever media is playing.

Mode - Information - Area - Gauge - Cluster

There's also a fullscreen mode that can display navigation information across the entire area of the gauge cluster.

If you want to change vehicle settings, the settings menu features fancy animations of the vehicle, and all you need to do is tap various parts of the car to access relevant settings.

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Basically, adding these skeuomorphic details removes the need to scroll...
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