New Mercedes MBUX Infotainment System Detailed At CES [63 Pics+Video]

The upcoming Mercedes A-Class will be the company’s first model to use the innovative MBUX infotainment system, which was presented at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

UX stands for user experience, with Mercedes claiming that their new infotainment system has the ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. A-Class customers will be given the option of three different versions: the basic version with dual 7-inch displays, a mid-level system with one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch screen and a range-topping dual 10.25-inch display system, offering a resolution of up to 1920×720 pixels (200 dpi).

Everything is controlled either via touch or intelligent voice control, with the system utilizing a touchscreen, touch-control buttons on the steering wheel and a new touchpad on the center console with haptic feedback. Connectivity options include everything from Apple CarPlay to Google Android Auto and even Baidu CarLife for cars sold in China. There are two classic USB ports and one USB Type-C for faster charging.

Mercedes says that the voice control works with natural speech recognition and is activated by simply saying “Hey Mercedes”. The language assistant’s ability to identify indirect speech means that the user can say things like “I am cold” instead of the clear command “Temperature to 24 degrees” in order to operate the climate control.

“New technologies must focus on the people using them and make their life simpler. That’s why we combine intuitive and natural operation with intelligent and learning software in MBUX”, says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

The new infotainment system will also debut the latest Mercedes me connected services which will offer services like sending a message when the parked vehicle is damaged or moved, a virtual key on the smartphone that works via NFC and geographical vehicle monitoring to notify the owner if the car is being driven on routes not permitted, among other.

As for the hardware, the new MBUX system packs 8GB of RAM memory, a six-core CPU and two different graphics chips from NVIDIA, depending on which version of the system you go for. Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment uses the Linux operating system. Mercedes says that their new infotainment system will equip its compact model range, at least initially.

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  • TheHake

    I like!!!!!!!!!

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    more sophisticated than audi’s system

    • PK

      and bmw’s idrive. i’m loving this new mb comand infotainment system!

    • It feels like MB are moving forward, iDrive is stagnating and Audi are going backwards.

      • PK

        agree.

    • Bo Hanan

      But how is this not like texting?

  • Christian

    Do you think Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche uses more time in front of the mirror than his wife does? I mean, it is such a magnificent beard! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f05a738f04cca1a3371a0af1c367a17476613395a2e26b02ee011a8003cf593.jpg

    • Bash

      It’s a mustache.

      • Christian

        You really enjoying your Patriarchy? Is it because my race, you hate me=

        • Bash

          I really don’t hate you man. You just keep putting your self in those situations. 😉

  • Silimarina

    This means that Mercedes will move from the worst infotainment system out of the 3 premium german brands, to the best?

  • WHEN THE AIR VENTS ARE THE SAME SIZE AS THE SPEEDOMETER SOME REDESIGNING IS IN ORDER.

    • PK

      i don’t see anything wrong with that. what’s the problem?

      • FIVE SPHINCTERS ACROSS A DASH IS OVERKILL. TOO LOW ON THE DASH TO BOOT.

  • KidRed

    What a f-ing nightmare. You have almost 12 buttons/dials on the steering wheel and then you add a touchscreen?

    “The New Mercedes MBUX Infotainment System- Coming soon to a distracted driver car crash near you.”

    • PK

      u think bmw, audi or tesla’s infotainment system isn’t distracting enough while driving? welcome to the future buddy where tech evolve year after year. gotta get used to it.

  • salamOOn

    as long as you can operate everything from the steering wheels with touchpads…. i dont care about the touchscreen.

  • Bash

    Well, this may not work for me, u see I usually sit back relaxed and low with the back the seat is reclined. So I can imagine it’s nit comfortable to pull my self front to reach to the screen every time I want to do something or change a setting or whatever.

    • Silimarina

      I’m sure you can use the voice commands

      • Bash

        When was the last time that it actually worked!

        • Silimarina

          I don’t know when was the last time you used voice cammands or what car you have with voice commands, but in the last 1-2 years they progressed a lot.And this system looks like it has AI. So if it is like Siri or google now, it will be pretty good

      • Kagiso Mutlaneng

        …Or the touchpad… Or the Steering controls… It’s not like MB gives various options to do the same thing 🙂

  • BlackPegasus

    I doubt this will age well. But at least they are embracing new tech and bold designs.

    • exeptor

      You are right, but this can be said for all electronic and software things – they just doesn’t age well (maybe except the old Hi End audio). Modern days cars are juts ‘stuff’ and nothing more – you use them for 5-6 years and then just throw it away (like phones, TVs, etc.). That’s what they are designed for. No emotions, no attachment.

  • Nordschleife

    I like it. You cannot please everyone so if you can control the climate and phone by voice for those who sit back and have a touch screen with haptic feedback for those who prefer touch, I think it will be fine. I am sure this will come with wireless connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so it looks good to me.

  • Enter Ranting

    Aside from looking like total Xbox graphics overkill, this whole dash looks cheap. There’s nothing interesting or high tech about touch screens anymore. And what’s with the cheap shiny black plastic all over the dash? Are they REALLY still pushing “piano black” as a thing?

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