Under the microscope: Individualisation: Tailor-made and capable of learning

Feb 2, 2018

MBUX is highly personalisable and configurable. It is also capable of learning and adapts to suit the user.

In the Widescreen cockpit, the customer has the opportunity to select from three display styles: alongside Classic and Sport, the Discreet style is also offered as a special feature – all displays are reduced to what is absolutely essential here.

Those opting for the 10-inch instrument cluster can individually configure the information shown there: as an alternative to the classic speed display in the left-hand tube, displays such as the analogue clock, trip computer (from start, from reset, range) or information on the current radio station/media title can be placed there. In the right-hand tube, as an alternative to the rev counter, an assistance graphic, the current consumption, the ECO display or a navigation map can be displayed.

The ambient lighting with 64 colours and ten colour worlds (optional) allows different moods to be created in the interior (see section "interior design") and numerous individual settings to be selected.

All settings (e.g. seating position, ambient lighting, favourite radio station, orientation of the navigation map right through to personal predictions) can be saved in a profile. If two drivers share a car, each can easily call up his/her favourite settings.

Another individualisation possibility with MBUX with extended functions are so-called theme worlds such as private, business, relaxation, sport, etc. One person can have several theme worlds. They are activated by clicking on the menu bar. The data record of a theme world can include e.g. climate settings, seat adjustment, radio station, navigation destination, driving mode.

Artificial intelligence is used for the prediction features, which are also part of MBUX with extended functions. With these, MBUX anticipates what the user would like next. For instance, anyone who often telephones their mother on Tuesdays during the journey home will receive her telephone number as a suggestion on the display on this day of the week. Anyone who regularly switches over to a radio station with news at a certain time also receives this as a suggestion.

Furthermore, if the navigation system detects a route frequently driven, navigation to this destination is already started in the background. For example, MBUX suggests the fitness studio on the navigation screen. The driver then only needs to confirm, and all the information on the route, such as congestion warnings, is already to hand.