Mercedes-Benz E-Class lets you control in-vehicle climate and infotainment functions using voice

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Mercedes-Benz is further enhancing the performance of the LINGUATRONIC voice control system. Infotainment, navigation and – for the first time – vehicle functions can now be operated conveniently courtesy of a host of new, intuitive voice commands.

The E?Class will also offer even more attractive individualisation options in future. The new Audio 20 entry-level radio features a larger display, new infotainment software and the option of a widescreen cockpit. The equally new Mercedes?Benz SD map navigation turns the radio into a high-end navigation system. Other highlights include online access and car telephony with fast LTE technology plus additional interior appointment options and ambient lighting with dynamic light scenarios.

The enhanced LINGUATRONIC voice control system is making an evolutionary leap forward on board the E-Class, opening up sophisticated new control options. For the first time, it allows not only the entertainment system but also vehicle functions to be controlled by voice command. These include the air conditioning functions, for example. When the vehicle is equipped accordingly, blower level, temperature and seat heating can be controlled conveniently by voice command, with no need for drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel or their eyes off the traffic. The same also goes for the rear window heater and various comfort and lighting functions. Another new feature enables the driver to call up a wide range of information – such as the date the next service is due, the current speed limit, the vehicle’s range or the current date.

Finding the right words with ease

LINGUATRONIC uses commands which are incorporated in the software and is thus not reliant on an internet connection. In order to cover the vast range of control options, up to 450 voice commands are available, depending on the language version and the vehicle’s equipment. The commands are designed to be as simple, intuitive and natural as possible, so that drivers will usually phrase the appropriate commands and questions instinctively. “Navigate to xy” is sufficient to launch navigation to the next destination, for example. “Call xy” triggers a call to the desired number and “massage me” initiates the seat’s massage function.

Voice control can also be adapted to the user’s personal situation. If the driver’s home address and work address have been saved as favourites, for example, the commands “take me home” or “take me to work” will prompt the navigation system to guide the vehicle to these destinations.

Source: Daimler

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