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Mercedes introduces a sliding touch screen


While Mercedes new AMG SL Roadster won't make its full debut until later this year, the German giant has released the first images of the new interior, which it says is Hyperanalog. Hyperanalog refers to designers who combine analog shapes and controls with digital elements, with the interior being a blend of sportiness and luxury.

The brand says the AMG SL Roadster is inspired by the original 300SL. The upper part of the instrument panel is somewhat similar to an airplane wing with four air vents installed like jet engines. The main event is the 11.9-inch, vertically oriented sliding touchscreen, powered by the brand's latest MBUX infotainment system.

Large touch screens are common in new cars these days. And the larger these screens are, the fewer things you can do with the hardware to stand out from the competition. But for the first time for Mercedes, the screen angle is electronically adjustable. So when the top is down, you can easily combat glare across the screen.

Mercedes took the display off the dashboard, installed it in the center console, and let it flip up and down electronically. It is placed on a metal frame in the center console, which surrounds the storage compartment. In this way, it helps in combating glare. Below the screen is a row of physical buttons used to control frequently used items.

The display uses augmented reality to display relevant 3D cues and actions in real driving mode and surroundings. The new AMG SL Roadster also has a digital instrument cluster that is slightly different from the rest. The 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel is hidden in a visor that Mercedes says is inspired by aviation. The move to bigger screens in cars has focused largely on software, which is why automakers are turning to help.

But similar to the current state of the smartphone market, devices have converged. This paved the way for the emergence of new, unconventional ideas. The car has a four-wheel-drive system and is characterized by a lighter and more solid body, and it returns to the automatic soft top.

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