Always on the forefront of the most cutting edge technology, the engineers behind the Mercedes S-Class have introduced another gadget that, in a few years’ time, we’ll wonder how we ever got by without. Simply referred to as “Splitview”, Mercedes newest gadget provides a double-vision effect without the addition of any alcoholic beverages. Intended to be offered as an optional feature on the 2010 Mercedes S-Class, Splitview allows both the driver and the front passenger to view different images while simultaneously using the same in-dash LCD screen.
Co-developed by both Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, the Splitview screen system uses both an image-filtering and trick pixel system that, had anyone on the RideLust staff a degree in engineering, we would be explaining in detail to you right now. Unfortunately, RideLust’s editorial powers-that-be were English majors who just happened to spend their youths building cars, so although we can quote both certain parts of Beowulf in the original Old English text as well as the gear ratios on a 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback 289 V8 T5 5 speed, we cannot, regrettably, explain Mercedes’ Splitview technology. Possibly anticipating this, Mercedes-Benz took the initiative to describe it themselves.
Innovative SPLITVIEW technology: Mercedes-Benz S-Class: two programmes on a screen
Stuttgart – 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.
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