CES 2018: Mercedes Benz launches AI-based MBUX infotainment system

Galtero Lara
Enero 13, 2018

Called Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX for short, it will enter production later this year in the next A-Class hatchback. The automaker debuted its new multimedia platform on Tuesday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, touting features like the system's ability to learn thanks to AI technology. What's more, Mercedes said owners can connect the MBUX to their smart watches, from which they can remotely interact with their cars. The system is set up to accommodate over-the-air updates to keep it fresh.

The new element that will initially be fitted with the compact cars of Mercedes is highlighted by a twin high-resolution widescreen. Access alone was a hassle for Comand, as it utilized a combination touchpad and rotary controller. Mercedes says its new mobile assistant has artificial intelligence and it "learns" in order to "give the user individual suggestions based on their habits".

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Another distinguishing feature is a voice-control system created to recognize slang and conversational speech patterns. For example, if you tell it "I'm cold", it will activate the car's climate control. Much of the interior functionality will be possible to control with natural language voice commands, and other information like weather and news will also be accessible from the assistant. While some of those features are starting to become in luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz hopes MBUX will separate itself from competitors with its simple, intuitive design. Then it alerts the owner when something has bumped the vehicle or it has been towed. If the navigation system detects a route frequently driven, the navigation will start to that location, or if the driver regularly listens to a particular radio station at a certain time, it will switch over to that station at the proper time.

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