In the never ending quest for death gadgets Mercedes has come up with a specialized screen that will show the driver one thing and the passenger another. Just think, now in addition to a driver watching a movie while they are going 70 mph they will be leaning all the way over into the passenger seat to see it. Unfortunately Mercedes hasn’t created a system to keep stupid drivers from doing stupid things… like driving off a cliff while following the GPS directions on the screen they’re allowed to see. Ok.. I jest – this seems like a pretty damn cool system and I totally want one. I’m just jealous of the rich folk – stupid grad school ?
Well anyway here’s the all exciting details straight from Mercedes:
Mercedes has announced today that starting in the summer of 2009, S-Class models will feature a new technology they’re calling SPLITVIEW. Developed in collaboration with Bosch, SPLITVIEW will allow both the driver and passenger to view two separate programs via the same COMAND display. For example, let’s say the vehicle’s operator is in the process of viewing navigation directions, the front passenger can simultaneously watch a film on the exact same 8-inch display.
You may be wondering what magic lies behind the SPLITVIEW system, and the answer lies in pixel placement. The COMAND screen shows two different images simultaneously by placing pixels adjacent to one another, after which a filter masking the display divides this mixed image so that depending on seating position, either one image or the other can be seen. As with current S-Class models, the driver has access to the full suite of COMAND functions, while the passenger uses a separate remote control to choose either a DVD, TV channel or music video to watch (all of which can be used in conjunction with headphones, should the passenger desire).
As already noted, the SPLITVIEW system will make its debut next summer, found on the S-Class sedan lineup.