Mercedes Intros Splitview Comand: One Screen, Two Shows.

Mercedes yesterday announced their new Splitview Comand (one m) technology which allows the driver and passenger to watch the same centrally positioned 8-inch display, but watch entirely different things. The screen is not split down the middle or anything, but takes a similar approach to how Philips made their “3D TV Without Glasses” technology, by using lenses/filters to project light at different angles.

The technology would allow, for example, the driver to follow navigation directions, while the front passenger watches a movie or TV show. The passenger uses a separate remote control to select what they want to see and audio can be isolated with the use of headphones.

I wonder how tight the field of view is, or whether it can be adjusted to match the seat position? I’m picturing a really tall person getting in and adjusting their seat all the way back to get enough leg room – would they still be able to view the screen properly? I guess time will tell.

Unlike their myComand concept which will long be awaiting the necessary telecommunications infrastructure, Mercedes will be introducing their new Splitview Comand tech in the S-Class in the summer of 2009.

Full Press Release Below:


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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