The all-electric 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC ushers within the begin of a brand new period at Daimler as the primary of 10 battery-powered automobiles deliberate over the subsequent three years. However some issues by no means change, and the EQC additionally brings a brand new chapter to a longstanding rivalry by way of a pointed Easter egg that mocks BMW’s lack of progress within the electrical revolution.
Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system has a voice assistant function; say “Hey Mercedes” and the EQC will do every thing from regulate the temperature to search out you the closest charging station. The system can distinguish whether or not the driving force or passenger is speaking, and it really works on conversational speech as nicely. “Hey Mercedes, it is too chilly” will increase the automated local weather management a number of levels, for instance.
However ask “Hey Mercedes, what do you consider BMW?” and you may obtain a way more private response. “The identical as you, in any other case you wouldn’t be sitting right here,” the EQC will reply in its soothing, British-accented robotic voice. In our testing, the system will not even reply that query about some other automaker, even fellow German rivals like VW, Porsche, and Audi. Somebody, someplace in Daimler made the choice to poke solely at BMW.
We’ve not had the possibility to see if the Easter egg is present in different MBUX-equipped automobiles. It is doable; ask the EQC to inform you a joke and it’ll give the identical reply as the brand new A-Class sedan that first premiered the expertise final yr. “I am unable to, my engineers had been German.” Touché.
In our expertise, the voice management works fairly nicely minus an inclination to listen to the phrase “a Mercedes” in dialog between passengers as a cue to activate. However since Mercedes wasn’t precisely forthcoming about its little prod at BMW, likelihood is good that a number of extra Easter eggs lurk within the system, awaiting the magic phrases.
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