Daimler’s all-new Mercedes A-Class includes the automaker’s own machine-learning and voice recognition technology in one of the industry’s boldest attempts so far to take on its competitors. The Mercedes “MBUX” dashboard system is capable of understanding what you say, and even more importantly, what you mean, similar to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Alphabet’s Google Assistant. The vehicle also uses artificial intelligence to make sense of commands and even anticipate them by learning the preferences and habits of up to eight different users. Voice instructions can command everything from navigation to infotainment. One big difference is that unlike its cloud-based rivals that are available only when online, the Mercedes assistant uses embedded software from Nuance Communications to continue functioning when data connections fail.Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
“Mercedes is updating its A-Class with a new look and engines, roomier interior and semi-autonomous driving features that can help pilot the car in highway traffic. But its biggest draw is the MBUX system, presented on two large horizontal touch-screens that dispense entirely with dashboard instruments,” reports Yahoo News.