A cool, new piece of technology from those brainy German engineers is Mercedes' SPLITVIEW technology, to be offered in the S-Class
beginning summer 2009. SPLITVIEW allows viewing of two different "programmes," as they say, on the central COMAND display screen at the same time due to some pretty trick technology co-developed with Bosch.
By placing pixels adjacent to each other, and passing all light waves through a filter, the 8-inch monitor's active matrix display can show one image to the driver (nav system display, for example) and another image to the passenger (such as a movie or other entertainment). The passenger need only recline his or her seat to view an image different from what the driver sees.
The driver still uses the traditional interface to control the COMAND system, while the passenger uses a remote control to access DVDs, TV channels, or music videos. The passenger also has the option of listening to his or her distinct program through headphones so as not to distract the driver.--Colin Mathews
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