to help reduce glare
Big touchscreens are common in new cars these days, and the bigger these rectangular screens get, the less things you can do with the hardware to really set them apart from the competition. Maybe that’s why, in the new 2022 AMG SL Roadster, Mercedes-Benz is taking the screen off the dashboard, anchoring it to the center console, and flipping it up and down electronically.
That’s right, Mercedes-Benz’s latest car has a flippy screen. The company said it designed the 11.9-inch portrait touchscreen in a way to help fight glare — the AMG SL Roadster is a convertible, after all — but it’s clearly a flashy parlor trick that says, ” Hey, we did something different than Tesla.”
The new AMG SL Roadster also gets a digital instrument cluster which is a bit different from the rest. The 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel rests in a “visor” that Mercedes-Benz says is “aviation-inspired”. Basically it’s also a screen embedded Deeper More than usual in the dashboard which – of course – helps fight glare. (Something tells me that was a common theme in recent customer feedback sessions…)
The move to bigger screens in cars has put a bigger emphasis on software, which is why automakers from Polestar to Ford are turning to tech giants like Google for help. But similar to the current state of the smartphone market, the hardware has really changed. It has paved the way for funky new ideas to emerge.
Like Samsung’s folding phone, this articulating screen feels more like an idea thrown at the wall that would actually become desirable (I’m personally dying to hear how good it is to poke and prod. – it probably won’t waver, but you never know). But it’s an interesting risk for Mercedes-Benz nonetheless.