The Mercedes EQS Hyperscreen Should Worry Tesla
Tesla may have popularized the large vertical infotainment screen, which replaced almost all the physical switchgear—and has now even replaced the gear shifter itself—but the screen that will be offered in the upcoming 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan looks like something out of a science fiction film. And it’ll have a name to match: the Hyperscreen.
Mercedes unveiled detailed photos of the upcoming sedan’s interior, showcasing a screen that measures over 56 inches wide, occupying 2.6 square feet of dash space and housing several different interfaces within it. What’s more, it won’t be completely flat despite its appearance, offering a surface that will be curved in three dimensions. It will also have mood lighting positioned underneath it, giving it a floating look. The glass itself consists of scratch-resistant aluminum silicate, formed at temperatures of about 1202°F, allowing for a clear view from any angle.
The Hyperscreen features three main display areas: a digital instrument panel for the driver, a central touchscreen operable by the driver and the front passenger, and a smaller screen just for the front passenger. The surface of the glass is uninterrupted, and also contains openings for the round AC vents. On top of everything, the screen will feature tactile feedback in certain areas, with a total of 12 actuators hidden beneath the glass.
“The high-resolution screens appear to merge seamlessly under the shared glass cover, with the graphic appearance of their MBUX content tailored to each other,” Mercedes says. “The MBUX Hyperscreen is integrated into the instrument panel in minimalist fashion. The MBUX Hyperscreen is surrounded only by a thin silver shadow frame, a vent band and a narrow leather frame, reminiscent of the lower volume body of classic instrument panels.”
Plenty of sensors will be housed under the skin of the EQS, with up to 350 individual sensors used for measuring everything from temperature to precipitation to the eye movements of the driver. The screen itself will use a camera in addition to one more light sensor to adjust its brightness.
If all of these screens already make the interior of the EQS feel like the helm of a starship, there will be yet another screen for the driver—a massive head-up display. Specifically, owners will have two HUD sizes to choose from, capable of showing augmented reality content in three dimensions.
“The display area of the optionally available larger head-up display corresponds to a screen with a diagonal of 77 inches,” Mercedes notes. “The imaging unit consists of a high-resolution matrix of 1.3 million individual mirrors.”
For those overwhelmed by the thought of all those digital readouts, Mercedes will also offer a traditional (but still pretty large) 12.8-inch infotainment screen borrowed from the gas-engined S-Class, along with a 12.3-inch instrument gauge cluster. Mercedes hasn’t mentioned just how much the Hyperscreen option will cost buyers compared to the smaller screen, but given the expected starting price of the electric sedan itself, those buying it should be easily able to afford either option without financial strain.
We’ll see the EQS in its entirety on April 15, with sales expected to start by mid-summer, but it’s already clear that Mercedes intends to dominate the screen arms race. Other automakers with luxury EVs in the works will not want to get caught too far behind, and this goes for players old and new in the EV game.
Would you pick the Hyperscreen option if you were buying an EQS sedan, or is screen size an arms race that’s not as important as the car itself? Let us know in the comments below.
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