This stuff makes Star Trek look like childâ€™s play. Mercedes-Benzâ€™s upcoming 2022 EQS electric sedan will feature a massive 56-inch touchscreen display spanning the entire dashboard. TheÂ Hyperscreen is part of Mercedes-Benzâ€™s second-generation MBUX infotainment system that replaces physical knobs and buttons with touch and voice controls.
Based on early images, the Hyperscreen appears to contain three distinct OLED displays. A display behind the steering column stands in for your typical instrument cluster, while a central infotainment screen gives you control over music, navigation, A/C, calls, and other non-essential items. A small screen facing the front passenger provides additional control and entertainment.
Mercedes-Benz notes that its Hyperscreen has a â€œzero layersâ€� system, which is a fancy way of saying that there arenâ€™t any distracting sub-menus. Important applications and information are always in your line of sight, so you donâ€™t have to fight your way out of a call just to get back to navigation. Also, the second-gen MBUX system can store 7 profiles for drivers and passengers, which could help families hit the road without adjusting their massive digital dashboard.
As someone with a cracked instrument panel (donâ€™t ask), I canâ€™t help but wonder how many drivers will damage their 56-inch Hyperscreen. Mercedes-Benz says that its coated aluminum silicate glass is scratch and glare-resistant, but it ainâ€™t idiot-proof. Plus, repairs or replacements probably cost a fortune, as the Hyperscreen is huge, curved, and even has cut-outs for two physical air vents.
The Hyperscreen debuts in Mercedes-Benzâ€™s 2022 EQS electric sedan, which should begin production later this year. It may be the most advanced infotainment system yet, rivaling the massive displays found in Cadillacâ€™s 2021 Escalade and Teslaâ€™s line of premium electric vehicles.
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