SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday lifted the veil on a new operating system that will underpin the luxury automaker's next-generation vehicles.
MB.OS (Mercedes-Benz Operating System) combines in-house software development with technology collaborations to improve four key areas: infotainment, automated driving, body and comfort, and powertrain systems.
"We are the architects of the system," Mercedes-Benz Chief Technology Officer Markus Schäfer said at a media and analyst event in Sunnyvale.
Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kallenius described MB.OS as "purpose-built but open to partnership."
The new operating system will debut mid-decade on the new "electric-first" Mercedes Modular Architecture platform, which underpins future compact and midsize electric cars. The next A-Class is expected to be the first car equipped with the system.
Mercedes-Benz North America R&D chief Philipp Skogstad described MB.OS as an "ecosystem" of technologies and partnerships designed to future-proof vehicles by continuously delivering new functionality.
"That is what customers expect these days," Skogstad told Automotive News on the sidelines of the event.