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Unite today announced a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz. The Unity engine will power the infotainment domain of the MB.OS operating system. It will launch its first cars in 2024.
Mercedes is using the Unity Industrial Collection to create the user interface for the in-car cockpit. Unity’s technology will power everything from 3D navigation software to virtual avatars and augmented reality experiences. This could include local weather and traffic data, online entertainment, or mixed reality experiences using a car’s smart glasses.
Gordon Wagener, Mercedes Design Director, told GamesBeat, “At Mercedes, we believe that the infotainment system must be able to understand and learn the driver’s needs and habits to become a personal assistant. core. The goal is maximum comfort and minimal distraction. Human-vehicle interactions are increasingly based on voice assistants, touch screens, and smart surfaces. We don’t see that trend changing…. Giving our customers the ability to access information the way they need it and when they need it is an important aspect of the luxury car experience. Unity Pairing on MB.OS does exactly that for drivers and passengers, ensuring that they have everything they need when they need it, in real time and in 3D. “
GamesBeat also spoke with Dave Rhodes, SVP at Unity, who described the kind of Mercedes-Benz a passenger will get in five years: “You’re going to be in a car where you’re not focused on driving. , or avoid hitting a tree or other vehicle.You’ll focus on incorporating digital experiences in the cabin, as well as connecting to the physical world in ways such as making road trips cars become fun and educational… What the interactive HMI system Mercedes is designing is partly focused on doing is providing the right information to the vehicle driver at the right time. Whether you have some weather coming up and how that might affect visibility or give you options on how to set up the controls… That’s what they do. are arming their operating system, and they’re using Unity to do that.”
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