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  • MB's new splitview monitor for S-Class.

    I have to admit that I used to HATE MB but with their latest styling and the fact that they are always pushing the envelope on each car they release, I have grown to love them.

    I just thought I'd share another cool idea of theirs which will be released on the '09 S-Class.

    If you've ever sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle with navigation and wished you could watch movies on it, your time is coming soon. Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are working on a Splitview navigation screen for the S-Class that features an eight-inch screen that displays two images at once courtesy of new adjacent pixel technology. The system only allows the driver to see navigation and COMAND controls, while the passenger sits back in S-Class luxury watching the movie of his or her choosing. The front passenger can also choose to listen to the movie with high-end headphones, or the soundtrack can be played through the car's speakers.

    Mercedes new Splitview monitor is no far-off concept either. It will be featured in the S-Class beginning in the summer of 2009. We've seen similar technology from from other OEMs and suppliers in the past, but Mercedes is the first luxury automaker to officially announce the technology in one of its production vehicles.

    PRESS RELEASE

    In future Mercedes-Benz is equipping its luxury class models as the first premium brand with a display screen that allows the driver and front passenger to view two different programmes at the same time. While the driver is checking the navigation instructions, the front passenger can sit back and watch a film on the very same display. This is made possible by new SPLITVIEW technology which the Stuttgart premium brand is introducing in the S-Class for the first time.

    Mercedes-Benz has integrated the new SPLITVIEW technology developed by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch into the innovative control and display system COMAND, which is centrally located in the dashboard console. Its generously dimensioned, 8-inch (approx. 20 mm) monitor shows a backlighted active matrix colour display (TFT-LCD). This shows two different images simultaneously by placing pixels adjacent to each other. A filter masking the display divides this mixed image in such a way that depending on the seating position, only the pixels making up one or the other image can be seen. As a result, the driver and front passenger can view different programmes on the same screen at the same time.

    The driver still has access to all the information from the control and display system COMAND on the display, while the front passenger uses the remote control to choose his own entertainment programme with DVDs, TV channels or music videos. To avoid distracting the driver with his entertainment programme, he also has the option of enjoying the programme via headphones. As before, the driver is able to view all the information provided by the COMAND system on the display.

    Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new SPLITVIEW technology in the S-Class for the first time in summer 2009.

  • #2
    Oh that's pretty neat!
    I wonder how well it works.
    2012 Acura TSX Sportwagon
    2001 NB track car that never gets driven

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    • #3
      I dunno. We'll have to make sure we visit the dealership once it's released.

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      • #4
        Cool... so now the driver will know where to pull over so the pass. can finish being sick from motion sickness :lol:
        IMO because there is so much viability in the pass seat, having your head tilted down tends to make one feel sick after awile. If anything, having some ultra thin LCD in a oversized visor might make more sense. Honestly, TVs anywhere other than in the back to keep kids entertains is rather dumb. Or, if you pass. wants to watch a movie, make them get in the back and watch...besides, they can pretend they are in the back of a limo.

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        • #5
          The S-Class is pretty much a limo...

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          • #6
            This technology has been around forever, I was wondering how long it would take before a manufacturer put it to use. I wonder if they will be utilizing a TV tuner soon as well since the advertising picture shows a news program, or something similar. People must be so connected now everywhere they go, it's ridiculous.

            And not everyone gets motion sickness from watching a TV mounted there. ;)

            Originally posted by miata5620
            Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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            • #7
              It's just like anything else, the technology has been around for ever but it's new for a manufacturer to actually use it.

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              • #8
                That's why I said I wondered how long it would take. :)

                Originally posted by miata5620
                Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                • #9
                  oh I know. I wasn't trying to sound rude.

                  I wonder what's next....

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                  • #10
                    You must have a weak stomach because everytime I've stared at TV's as a passenger I've ended up alright. The visor idea is a good one though.

                    I've recently gained a lot more respect for MB aswell. I used to be all about BMW but MB have turned up the styling, the aggression, and all while maintaining the class luxury brand traditions. Just wish they had some manuals, although with a supercharged V8 I don't think I'ld be complaining too much.

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                    • #11
                      A friend of mine's dad is a test driver for AMG but was a huge BMW fanatic before hand. the last time I spoke to her dad, he was all about MB's and how much more fun they are to drive and he was saying this off the record.

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                      • #12
                        AMG seem to embody more of the high horsepower, rear wheel drive simplicity with some driver aids but not enough to take away from the experience.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MeFryRice View Post
                          oh I know. I wasn't trying to sound rude.

                          I wonder what's next....
                          I know man. Thus the :)

                          I know of a system that has an internal tinting on the glass and uses a projector in the dash to disply video on the windscreen, much like a H.U.D. in fighter jets (and some Pontiacs). But this is supposed to display rich colors and because of the tinting used, sunlight directly in front of you will not overpower the image.

                          We already have automotive satellite TV and radio and mobile internet, now they just need to conquer the challenge to make cars drive themselves and be self-aware to avoid accidents and problems. :lol:

                          Originally posted by miata5620
                          Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                          • #14
                            As far as I'm concerned self-driving cars in Atlanta would be a great idea.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RotorNutFD3S View Post
                              We already have automotive satellite TV and radio and mobile internet, now they just need to conquer the challenge to make cars drive themselves and be self-aware to avoid accidents and problems. :lol:
                              Watch this TopGear video of the S-Class.

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