The new operating system, called Mercedes-Benz Operating System, or MB.OS, will be developed by Unity Technologies and will replace the existing MBUX infotainment platform used by all Mercedes models.
Unity Technologies is a specialist in real-time 3D platforms and powers 70 percent of all mobile games on the market. It is also a leader in augmented and virtual reality technology.
Mercedes-Benz designers will use Unity Industrial Collection, a complex 3D product visualization software package, to create user interface and user experience designs across the digital cockpit, including the instrument cluster, infotainment and passenger displays.
Unity’s operating system will connect all Mercedes-Benz vehicles to the cloud and the Internet of Things and consists of four main areas: powertrain, autonomous driving, infotainment and body and comfort systems.
“With our own operating system, we want to achieve three main things: to shape the user interface according to a luxury brand, to create a two-way communication with the customer and to integrate the customer’s digital lifestyle in the vehicle domain,” said Magnus Östberg, chief software officer at Mercedes-Benz Auto. Told the news.
The new Mercedes-Benz operating system will also come complete with audio and video streaming, immersive gaming and messaging applications. It will also offer augmented reality-augmented experiences and use artificial intelligence to adjust car settings depending on owners’ habits and preferences. This system was first previewed in the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept and features complex, real-time 3D graphics.
Unity says it was selected following a comprehensive evaluation process against other real-time 3D and human machine interface (HMI) solutions.
“We will see completely new visualizations powered by our Unity 3D-game engine, which will create a highly realistic representation of the real world,” added Ostberg. “This is what we call ‘digital luxury’.”