We can't get enough of these guys.
Mercedes-Benz is known for building some of the world's best luxury vehicles. Cars such as the S-Class continue to set the bar for technological advancements, and while the German automaker is very serious about its cars it also has a lighter side. It's recently released series called Crash Tales, is a fun take on the life of a crash-test dummy, and we've been delighted by the antics of Tommy and Fred in episode one where they test some brakes, and episode two where Fred goes through a midlife crisis.
Tommy is clearly the more happy-go-lucky character, while Fred is hell-bent on doing serious crash testing, and doesn't bother showing any joy when doing his job.
Now Mercedes-Benz has released episode three of its YouTube series, and it's simply entitled "Moustache". The video starts as it always does: Tommy sits in the passenger seat with a silly grin on his face, while Fred grips the steering wheel, as his duct-tape mustache gleams in the light. The announcer quips "have a good crash guys" to which Tommy responds "charming!" Tommy then introduces Fred to the infotainment system that is supposedly more charismatic than Fred.
Tommy activates the voice command and tells Tommy that he can ask it anything he wants. "Hey Mercedes, do you like me?" he asks, as the Mercedes EQC they are piloting accelerates and smashes into the concrete block. As the airbags settle, the infotainment system says "I like you Fred, but the mustache, I don't know."
The Mercedes MBUX infotainment system is one of the best in the business and has recently been added to even more models with the end goal of including it across the lineup. The new CLS will be one of the early recipients of the system which means it gets a pair of 12.3-inch digital displays. Mercedes calls it the "widescreen" effect. The screen behind the steering wheel provides driver info, while the screen on the right takes care of the entertainment.
This system includes navigation, smartphone integration, and a vastly improved user interface, something the old COMAND system couldn't get quite right.