• Dec 11th 2008 at 9:28AM
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If you've ever sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle with navigation and wished you could watch movies on it, your time is coming soon. Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are working on a Splitview navigation screen for the S-Class that features an eight-inch screen that displays two images at once courtesy of new adjacent pixel technology. The system only allows the driver to see navigation and COMAND controls, while the passenger sits back in S-Class luxury watching the movie of his or her choosing. The front passenger can also choose to listen to the movie with high-end headphones, or the soundtrack can be played through the car's speakers.

Mercedes new Splitview monitor is no far-off concept either. It will be featured in the S-Class beginning in the summer of 2009. We've seen similar technology from from other OEMs and suppliers in the past, but Mercedes is the first luxury automaker to officially announce the technology in one of its production vehicles.


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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      • 6 Years Ago
      For all those front seat passengers who are eager to watch a movie... drive down to your local Best Buy and spend $100 on a portable DVD player. I promise it will be simpler and less expensive than whatever M-B charges for this option.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Should be kicked out?

      For What? Comparing hyundai to MB? When did I do that?

      Did I say "Hyundai is better than Mercedes-Benz" ? NO.

      I just posted the FACT.

      You just don't want to admit the FACT that Hyundai already has the same technology like Mercedes-Benz.

      You are like one of morons who runs BIG 3. You don't know what is going on outside of U.S and think you are still the best.

      Wake Up.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering that chances that any of us posting here will be buying an S-class anytime soon, but that we might be able to afford a Hyundai, I don't think Sung-Hwan's comments are unjustified. And given M-B's record of reliability as of late, I'm not sure I'd want one. However, this is cool technology regardless of who came up with it or who had it first.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Notice what she's watching. Looks like VfL Wolfsburg beat Hamburger SV, while Schalke 04 beat VfB Stuttgart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the heck is wrong with people that they only get fulfillment staring at a tube anymore? Is personal interaction and the creativity of entertaining friends beyond the grasp of people these days? I've been on virtually non-stop cross-country drives with many different people and never turned on the radio or popped in a CD or iPod and we were never bored once during the whole thing. It's called "using your mind."
      • 6 Years Ago
      dude, that's frickin' AWESOME!!!! I'd say I want it, but I guess wouldn't benefit ME to have it in my car...haha. That's like springing for heated/cooled seats in the passenger seat...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know that old saying we car guys love to tell women? "You can live in your car but you can't drive your house". Looks like the Germans are going to make that a reality. Seriously. I just wanna drive my car, listen to music and talk to the people in it. Heck, when I have people in my car, I don't even listen to music. I talk to them...a concept lost of most people these days apparently.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah .A car's a great place to have a conversation for some reason.
        I read an article once that advised parents (particularly fathers and sons) to go on a long ride together and just talk.They said it's a good ice breaker and helps them to open up.Some of You guys may know how difficult father and son relationships can be.
        Maybe it's because You can't walk away from the conversation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just another way to justify paying 100+k for a S-class.
      One of the those answers nobody asked a question for at least in a car.

      I think this technology would be better used on computer monitors or game system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they did their homework on crash and safety features.Talking on the phone,smoking a butt,watching a movie,and getting directions while driving might hamper some of our less skilled drivers!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't forget ABS and EPS. MB always playing fast and loose with our lives!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You tell 'em. Mercedes usually doesn't do any research.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A DVD screen for each passenger.Perfect for the dysfunctional family on the go.
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha - "Don't talk to me!"
      • 6 Years Ago

      Hyundai is already selling the car with that scree in korean market right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      mad nice stuff
      people here just saying stuff because theyll never afford it

      and to the person who compared hyundai to mb should be kicked out
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