Mercedes Benz is set to introduce a new LCD screen system that allows two separate images to be viewed from one monitor depending on orientation.  Called the SplitView COMAND system, it utilizes an 8-inch display fitted in the center of the dash and achieves two different images simultaneously by placing pixels adjacent to each other (very similar to Hyundai’s split screen system).  So in practice, the driver could view GPS directions while the shotgun passenger entertains themselves with a movie. Change movies or get directions?  No problem.  The driver can access the system with the built-in controls, while the passenger can flip channels using the included remote.  The Splitview COMAND system is set to appear Summer 2009 in the Mercedes S-Class. If you’re looking for the latest news in cars, take a look at our review of the Volvo Concept Coupe too.

Full press release below

Innovative SPLITVIEW technology: Mercedes-Benz S-Class: two programmes on a screen

Stuttgart – In future Mercedes-Benz is equipping its luxury class models as the first premium brand with a display screen that allows the driver and front passenger to view two different programmes at the same time. While the driver is checking the navigation instructions, the front passenger can sit back and watch a film on the very same display. This is made possible by new SPLITVIEW technology which the Stuttgart premium brand is introducing in the S-Class for the first time.

Mercedes-Benz has integrated the new SPLITVIEW technology developed by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch into the innovative control and display system COMAND, which is centrally located in the dashboard console. Its generously dimensioned, 8-inch (approx. 20 mm) monitor shows a backlighted active matrix colour display (TFT-LCD). This shows two different images simultaneously by placing pixels adjacent to each other. A filter masking the display divides this mixed image in such a way that depending on the seating position, only the pixels making up one or the other image can be seen. As a result, the driver and front passenger can view different programmes on the same screen at the same time.

The driver still has access to all the information from the control and display system COMAND on the display, while the front passenger uses the remote control to choose his own entertainment programme with DVDs, TV channels or music videos. To avoid distracting the driver with his entertainment programme, he also has the option of enjoying the programme via headphones. As before, the driver is able to view all the information provided by the COMAND system on the display.

Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new SPLITVIEW technology in the S-Class for the first time in summer 2009.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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