When the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan makes its debut later this year, the conventional dashboard will be replaced by what the company calls the “Hyperscreen,” an available full-width digital display that redefines the human-machine interface.
Remember when Chinese automaker Byton introduced the M-Byte crossover concept at CES in 2019? It shocked a number of people with a 48-inch wide colour screen known as "Byton Stage."
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Unlike the M-Byte, whose interface consisted of a single display, Mercedes’ Hyperscreen is made up of several displays that give the illusion of being interconnected. This could be a first for a production vehicle.
Digital and Analogue
As the pictures and videos show, the Hyperscreen combines digital and analogue elements. The information presented to front-seat occupants typically appears in a classic layout even though everything is electronic.
For example, speed and other driving data are shown in the form of gauges, while the HVAC system relies on digital controls with haptic feedback but a traditional look.
Through surveys among users of the current MBUX infotainment system, Mercedes-Benz designers confirmed that the most commonly used functions are navigation, radio/media, and phone. Consequently, the Hyperscreen offers quick and direct access to these functions—no menus and sub-menus or even voice commands. What’s more, the front passenger can control the infotainment system via the screen that’s in front of them, much like the driver does with the centre screen. Both displays use OLED technology.
Artificial Intelligence With Predictive Capability
Blessed with artificial intelligence, the Hyperscreen learns how users interact with the various functions and features. After a while, it can predict the needs and intentions of the driver and front passenger.
Let’s say you have a habit of calling your mother or colleague at a particular time during the day. The system will recognize this and automatically display the contact info the next time you’re about to make a call. If someone other than you happens to be behind the wheel, the system won’t make the suggestion.
Now, imagine making regular use of the hot stone massage function in winter. With the Hyperscreen, the system will invite you to activate the function anytime temperatures get cold. Same thing with the heated steering wheel and armrests.
Here’s another scenario: you decide to lift the front end of the car through the adaptive suspension to prevent damage upon entering a slanted driveway. The system will memorize this using the GPS location and remind you to lift the front every time you return to that particular spot.
You like numbers? Mercedes’ Hyperscreen is 56 inches wide and curved to fit the contours of the cabin using a heating process at a temperature of 650 degrees Celsius.
Powered by the latest and most advanced version of the MBUX system to date, it will debut in the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan, which is based on the 469-horsepower Vision EQS concept introduced at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. Expect the production model to deliver similar performance.