It may not seem impressive when considering the A-Class – the car manufacturer's least expensive luxury car – also packs a turbo engine that is more than one-in-one-by-engine under the hood. But the Mercedes goal of the A-Class was to capture the imaginations of a new series of luxury bus owners: they are younger, they have more nuanced expectations from their units, and Mercedes is committed to keeping them alive. No wonder that the infotainment system has received so much attention.
Smartphones have raised the bar for those kind of caring people expecting their devices, and Mercedes seems to understand it very well. As a result, you can issue commands to the A class with a simple "Hi, Mercedes." Importantly, commands relating to the specific car's hardware are treated immediately without pinging on a remote server to ensure that the cabin temperature is as good as possible.
Other tasks, asking Mercedes to show you nearby restaurants on its spacious, center-mounted touchscreen, require the car to pass your search to the cloud. The uncle we tried was unfortunately stuck on the roof of an overly fancy Brooklyn hotel and running European software so we could not get a proper feel for the hardware or software yet. Having said that, I've jumped into my part of new, smarter cars (an advantage of being one of the few Engadget NY employees with a driver's license) and little I've seen out there compares to MBUX's thoughtful tools. 19659002] The commands "Hello, Mercedes" worked surprisingly well when car journalists were not in the back seat, and an answering machine confirmed that none of the car's interfaces were locked out while the car was in motion. For better or worse, it means that you – or the one in your passenger seat – can browse the web on Google Chrome while pressing I-95.