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Earlier this year, German auto manufacturer Mercedes Benz unveiled its MBUX infotainment system, and according to Economic Times Auto, the system will now feature gesture control. Mercedes is all set to launch gesture control on at least two of it's cars — the GLE which is the brand's best selling SUV, and the CLA Coupe.
The entire gesture module was conceptualized, developed, and tested by Mercedes Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI), based at Bengaluru city. The new system is expected to debut in the 2019 editions of both the cars.
The gesture control works when the driver extends his or her hand towards the infotainment center, dashboard, and towards the passenger side.
Some features that can be activated using gesture control include highlighting of media when the driver places his/ her hand near the infotainment system, turning on passenger side lamps when the hand is extended towards the glove box, puddle lamp control and a 'navigate me to home function' that is triggered by holding the index and middle finger in a V-shape over the center console. The seat massage function can also be activated using a hand gesture.
A camera placed in the overhead console captures the movements. The gesture control system is smart enough to tell the difference between the driver's and the passenger's hand and also allows for 'personal favourite functions' to be set for both the driver and the passenger. An on-board hardware device using an optimized algorithm decodes the gestures.
Interestingly, Mercedes Benz has also incorporated gesture control for the seat massage function. The company says it can be activated with a gesture, and that the onboard computer automatically knows which seat the massage system need to be activated for.
Thoughts About The New Gesture Control Developed By Mercedes Benz
As if 'connectivity' wasn't enough, we now have manufacturers adding gesture control. Wouldn't voice control be a more logical thing to add instead of gesture? We understand where Mercedes is coming from, and one can assume who their target audience is. The Indian folk are generally very animated while talking. Can you imagine how rattled gesture control will get when we're in the car and having a regular conversation. Can't help but chuckle. Either way, it will facinating to see how this system actually works.