Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

Chris Burns - Sep 30, 2016, 12:39 pm CDT
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Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

This week at the Paris Auto Show, we got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the future of Mercedes-Benz’ newest in electric vehicle technology. The company has just introduced their brand new EQ system, as we’ve outlined earlier this week, and now we’re being given a tour of the interior of the first concept vehicle to embody this system at its core. This is the Generation EQ, a concept vehicle that’s super futuristic in both aesthetics and interface.

It wasn’t the first thing we noticed when walking up to the Generation EQ – but once we were about to attempt to get inside, it became apparent: there aren’t any door handles. This is a trend we found to continue throughout the vehicle, and not just because it looks like a vision from an idillic science fiction. This vehicle has a reason for every decision, a touch interface for every function.

Interior aesthetics make for a ride that makes its driver and passenger feel a bit like they’re floating.

The center console certainly looks like its suspended in mid-air, its sides sliding under and out of sight.

Off-white meets a dark gray and a subdued rose gold to mix with a bright electric blue set of lights. It’s not the combination we thought we’d be finding appealing, but Mercedes-Benz sure seems to know how to make it work, and make it look fantastic.

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Touch controls appear on the steering wheel for climate control and music and infotainment system control. A touch interface on the center console allows access to infotainment – music, most importantly – for both the driver and the passenger. A large dash touch interface appears to float ahead of the steering wheel, complete with glowing blue edges of a turn-by-turn experience that we swear we’ve seen somewhere before.

That was DICE in 2012, this is now.

We had the opportunity to have a peek at – and a ride in – Mercedes-Benz’ own F-015 self-driving vehicle back in March of last year. That plus this makes for a future we’re more than ready to participate in.


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