Mercedes-Benz twists voice control in new E-class
Mercedes-Benz is showing off what may be described the future of mobility with the introduction of vehicular control using voice commands, which was perfected in the latest E-Class.
Enhancing the performance of the LINGUATRONIC voice control system for navigation use and entertainment, the new E-class features a new Audio 200 entry-level radio that comes with a larger display.
It also debuted with new infotainment software and the option of a widescreen cockpit. Major highlights include the new Mercedes-Benz SD map navigation, which turns the radio to a high-end navigation system, online access and car telephony with fast LTE technology, additional interior appointment options and ambient lighting with dynamic light scenarios.
The LINGUATRONIC Voice control is an evolutionary leap forward as it comes with a wide variety of control options and an additional 11 new languages. For example, when the vehicle is equipped accordingly, blower level, temperature and seat heating can be controlled conveniently by voice command, with no need for drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel or their eyes off the traffic.
Other controlled functions include the rear window heater and various comfort and lighting functions. Another new feature enables the driver to call up a wide range of information – such as the date the next service is due, the current speed limit, the vehicle’s range or the current date.
LINGUATRONIC uses commands, which are incorporated in the software, and is thus not reliant on an internet connection. In order to cover the vast range of control options, up to 450 voice commands are available, depending on the language version and the vehicle’s equipment.
The commands are designed to be as simple, intuitive and natural as possible to match likely instinctive commands of the driver such as: “Navigate to ABC” to reach a desired destination, “Take me home” for already home addresses, “Call XYZ” triggers a call to the desired number and “massage me” initiates the seat’s massage function.
Several hundred alternatives are stored in LINGUATRONIC for each command, resulting in a high likelihood that the user will hit on the right phrase at the first attempt.
By way of additional support, a “teleprompter” presents possible commands on the display as soon as the driver presses the push-to-talk button.Weststar Associates, Authorized General Distributors of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria said the E-class is available for immediate delivery.
In regards to human response, a new function allows the user to interrupt the system’s voice output to halt the current dialogue and move on to the next dialogue step, for example. This makes voice control faster.