Mercedes Goes All-In on OLED Technology for Gen-2 MBUX Car Dashboard


Mercedes’ new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) Hyperscreen is one of the highlights in the EQS cars — the electric series of automobiles set to debut in 2022. Using a large, curved OLED screen, it stretches almost the entire width from the left to the right A-pillar — from driver to passenger. In making the decisions o go OLED, Mercedes described wanting a “wow” effect. In addition, the MBUX Hyperscreen is integrated with sensors for artificial intelligence (AI): with software capable of learning, the display and operating concept adapts completely to its user and makes personalized suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions. Thanks to the so-called zero layer, the user does not have to scroll through submenus or give voice commands. The most important applications are always offered in a situational and contextual way at the top level in view. In this way, numerous operating steps are taken away from the EQS driver. And not only him: the MBUX Hyperscreen is also an attentive assistant for the passenger. He receives his own display and operating area.

The original version of MBUX debuted in 2018 in the current A-Class, there are now more than 1.8 million Mercedes-Benz passenger cars equipped with it on the roads worldwide. The Van division is also relying on MBUX. A few months ago, the second generation of this learn-capable system debuted in the new S-Class. The next big step now follows in the form of the new EQS and the optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen. The MBUX Hyperscreen is an example of digital/analogue design fusion: several displays appear to blend seamlessly, resulting in an impressive, curved screen band. Analogue air vents are integrated into this large digital surface to connect the digital and physical world.

Here’s a video of how it works:

The MBUX Hyperscreen is surrounded by a continuous plastic front frame. Its visible part is painted in an elaborate three-layer process in “Silver Shadow”. The integrated ambient lighting installed in the lower part of the MBUX Hyperscreen makes the display unit appear to float on the instrument panel.

Mercedes really never had a chance as to which display technology to use as OLED can be produced to be flexible enough to bend around curves and shapes. How big is it? Technically, it’s 56-inches (141 centimeters) wide. It includes 12 actuators positioned below the screen that give haptic feedback when you press it (think of Apple’s iPhone haptic buttons).