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Using cameras in the overhead control panel and learning algorithms, MBUX Interior Assist recognises numerous wishes. It does this by interpreting head direction, hand movements and body language, and responds with corresponding vehicle functions. As well as enhancing operating convenience, MBUX Interior Assist improves safety. For example, it checks whether a child seat detected on the front passenger seat is correctly attached.

MBUX Interior Assistant monitors the driver and front passenger via two laser cameras in the overhead control unit. Any movements of the hands, head or upper body are interpreted in relation to the specific context or at the explicit request of the occupants. The image data from the cameras are directly converted into metadata. The data are processed within the vehicle itself, and not stored or transmitted elsewhere.

Here is an overview of the functions (some require optional equipment):

Interaction levels





Intelligent: The system automatically recognises occupants and objects, and activates functions.

Even before driving off, it notifies the driver if the camera has detected a child seat on the front passenger seat but the seat belt is not fastened, for example. A corresponding notification appears in the central display.

The exit warning function now activates a warning as soon as the driver or front passenger reaches for the door. This is because the MBUX Interior Assistant recognises when a hand approaches the door handle.

MBUX Interior Assist recognises the size of the driver, and can preset the seat adjustments if required. A profile must be created for this purpose.


Reactive: The system recognises the natural body language of an occupant, and automatically carries out functions according to the situation.

MBUX Interior Assist assesses the alertness of the driver, and primes ATTENTION ASSIST to give a warning of microsleep.

If the driver reaches over to the (unoccupied) front passenger seat in the dark, a searchlight is switched on. Withdrawing the hand switches the light off again.

Moving a hand towards the touchscreen allows functions to be controlled, interactive elements to be enlarged and menus to be displayed.

If an exterior mirror is to be adjusted, the mirror in question can be automatically selected using Interior Assist. A head movement to the right or left is sufficient for this. The relevant exterior mirror is then adjusted using the key in the door control panel.


If the driver looks over his/her shoulder towards the rear window, Interior Assist automatically opens the sunblind. This affords a clear view when reversing.

Touch-free: The occupant actively requests a function with a hand movement or gesture.


If the driver or front passenger briefly moves a hand up or down below the rear-view mirror, the reading light is switched on or off.

Individual links are possible with the help of a favourites gesture. For example a navigation destination, radio station or a

massage programme for a seat.


The driver and front passenger can open the roller sunblind and sliding roof by holding their outstretched hand in front of the rear-view mirror and moving it to the rear below the overhead control panel. The first such movement opens the roller sunblind, a second the sliding roof as well. They are closed by a forward movement.