Mercedes-Benz SPLITVIEW Technology Coming to S-Class At L.A. Auto Show

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Displaying two images on a single screen isn't exactly brand-new technology, but it takes a few years for truly cutting-edge technology to be worked into production automobiles, and now Mercedes-Benz's S-Class is joining the dual-view ranks at the L.A. Auto Show.

We first brought you news of Mercedes' SPLITVIEW technology back in December, 2008. The system to be shown at the L.A. Auto Show is the same technology we previewed in that story, though the previously planned introduction date of the first half of 2009 was understanably pushed back due to the industry's wild and crazy ride over the past 12 months.

The L.A. Show debut marks the first time that such a display will be available in the S-Class, but Mercedes isn't the first to this technology.

Jaguar actually beat them to the punch with the new XJ, offering essentially the same Bosch/Blaupunkt-developed dual-view system that as an optional upgrade. There are questions over the system's legality in the U.S., however, raising the possibility that Mercedes-Benz's could be as well. The advantage of the technology is that it allows the driver to see, for example, the navigation system, while a passenger watches a DVD.

That, however, is also the Achilles heel of the system, legally speaking, since the laws are crafted to keep drivers from watching movies, but is written in a way that's functionally unaware of the dual-view technology, and therefore makes no allowances accordingly.

For more on the technology in general, read our overview here.


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Comments (2)
  1. that cant be good for traffic

  2. Thats pretty nifty, we have been hearing about this type of technology since years and been told it would be in laptops first so the user would see only one thing and the snooper on the either side would see something different.People hate on the S-Class for all the superfluous gadgetry, and all the technology that doesn’t take. But remember boys and girls, there is a little thing called the “bleeding edge.” More of the automotive innovations that you see on automobiles today debuted on the S-class than any other vehicle. I, for one, applaud MB for having the balls to try new stuff, even if every once in a while, they turn out to be flaming piles of disaster.

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