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12-01-2018 | Driver Assistance Systems | News | Article

Mercedes-Benz Introduces AI into New A-Class Cockpit

Patrick Schäfer

MBUX is the name for the new multimedia system that will enter into series production in the new Mercedes A-Class this year. Its artificial intelligence allows it to learn and adapt to the user.  

The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system will be combined with the high-resolution wide-screen cockpit available in three versions and featuring two 10.25-inch displays. The all-digital instrument cluster is custom configurable. Three styles are available: Classic, Sport and Understated. Full-screen mode can be used to display all driver-assistance, journey or navigation information as well. 

The system is operated via a touchscreen for the first time in a Mercedes; the familiar touchpads on the centre console and steering wheel are also available. Speaking the key phrase "Hey Mercedes" activates the intelligent voice control system. "We are using artificial intelligence to give the user individual suggestions based on their habits. The algorithm we use for this is optimised for on-board use in the vehicle and exploits the opportunities afforded by the latest chip generation", says Sajjad Khan, Vice President Digital Vehicle & Mobility at Daimler. Nvidia provides the software and hardware for the graphics and AI. 

More intuitive use of voice control

The system also recognises and understands indirect speech, and increases the interior temperature in response to the phrase "I’m cold", for example. The intelligent voice control system adapts to the user’s language and voice, as well as learning new terms. It can also vary its responses. MBUX learns the users’ routines and suggests certain functions with regular use – calculating the navigation information to a frequent destination in the background, for example. All the driver has to do is confirm the suggestion. 

The MBUX system will be supplemented by new services for Mercedes me connect, including a navigation function based on car-to-X communication that will warn about icy roads and snow and show them on the navigation map. MBUX will be updated online, "over the air".

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