Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its next-generation, ultra-high-tech take on the modern car interior: the MBUX Hyperscreen.
Available as an option on the upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan, the MBUX Hyperscreen sees the car's interior screens combined into one curved panel stretching the entire, 1410-millimetre width between the left and right A-pillars.
Mercedes-Benz says three displays are built into the Hyperscreen – the instrument cluster, central infotainment touchscreen and an additional screen for the front passenger – with the infotainment and instrument displays employing bright OLED technology.
Powering the system are no fewer than eight CPU cores, 24 gigabytes of RAM and 46.4GB/s of memory bandwidth – they're joined by a "multi-function" camera and a light sensor, which vary the brightness of each screen depending on the lighting conditions.
Running Mercedes-Benz's latest-generation MBUX infotainment software, the Hyperscreen incorporates artificial intelligence, allowing the menu shortcuts and content displayed on the home screen – which the brand dubs the "zero layer" – to be tailored to the passengers based on "changes in the surroundings and user behaviour", theoretically removing the need to dig through multiple menus to find simple functions and features.
The system also uses artificial intelligence to provide suggestions for over 20 different vehicle functions to the occupants, based on their past behaviour – for example, if the driver regularly calls a certain contact at a specific time each week, the system will begin to display the contact's phone details at that ideal time, preventing the need for the driver to search through the infotainment system to place their call manually.
The car can also store the locations of speed bumps and steep driveways, and subsequently recommend drivers via the infotainment system to raise the car's ride height use its air suspension system to clear the obstacle ahead.
12 actuator units allow for haptic feedback to finger touches across the entire touchscreen display.
Mounted in front of the driver is a large digital instrument cluster, which offers an array of views and modes, ranging from a 'classic' arrangement with two analog-like dials, to a sportier mode with an elliptical power percentage gauge and a dedicated G-force meter.
Trainspotters will note the 438km remaining range figure listed in the bottom of the instrument cluster which, combined with the circa 65 per cent battery capacity shown on the display, yields a total driving range of around 700km – a nod to the upcoming production car's rumoured WLTP driving range.
There's also a third screen for the front passenger, which offers seven customisable profiles passengers can use to customise the entertainment content shown on the display to their preferences.
Covering all three displays is a full-width glass panel, curved in three dimensions at temperatures of around 650 degrees Celsius, and then coated twice in a three-stage process to minimise reflections and allow for easier cleaning. Aluminium silicate incorporated into the glass surface improves scratch resistance, according to the brand.
One traditional circular air vent features on each end of the Hyperscreen, while an ambient lighting strip is built into the lower section of the panel.
The MBUX Hyperscreen will make its production-car debut in the upcoming 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS, the German brand's rival to the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron GT and other luxury all-electric limousines.
Once it debuts in full later this year, it's expected the model will offer as much as 700 kilometres of range, thanks to a large lithium-ion battery pack and dual electric motors.