Daimler’s all-new Mercedes A-Class includes the automaker’s own machine-learning and voice recognition technology in one of the industry’s boldest attempts so far to take on its competitors.
The Mercedes “MBUX” dashboard system is capable of understanding what you say, and even more importantly, what you mean, similar to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Alphabet’s Google Assistant. The vehicle also uses artificial intelligence to make sense of commands and even anticipate them by learning the preferences and habits of up to eight different users. Voice instructions can command everything from navigation to infotainment. One big difference is that unlike its cloud-based rivals that are available only when online, the Mercedes assistant uses embedded software from Nuance Communications to continue functioning when data connections fail.