Mobility Solutions

“SplitView” technology for the E Class: One screen for two programs Separate info for driver and front-seat passenger

  • “SplitView” display presents two different programs
  • Viewing angle determines what is seen
  • Space required remains the same
  • Bosch is currently the only supplier of this screen technology in the European automotive OEM business
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  • May 06, 2013
  • Mobility Solutions
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The “SplitView” display developed in cooperation by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch for the Mercedes E Class models provides additional functionality and more infotainment convenience in the vehicle. This makes it possible to display two different programs on one monitor, whereby it’s the viewing angle that determines which of the two programs can be seen on the display. The driver, for example, can track the visual navigation information, while the front-seat passenger can choose a different entertainment program – i.e. watch video films, look at the playlist for the iPod or at the radio menu on the same screen. In other words, two different programs run on a single monitor. If desired, the front-seat passenger can use headphones to listen to the sound of an entertainment program, for example, without disturbing the driver. The display can also be optionally operated in single mode so that the driver and the front-seat passenger see the same screen.

Images shown at the same time
The “SplitView” monitor consists of a backlit color active-matrix display (TFT-LCD: Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display) and a special mask that is laid over the liquid crystal layer. The images for the viewing angle from the right and the left are shown at the same time, but are specifically distributed on adjacent pixel columns. Depending on the viewing angle, the mask shows only those pixel columns that make up the right or the left picture. As a result, the viewer sees an image composed of every second pixel so that the horizontal display resolution is cut in half. A patented software algorithm is the guarantee for a brilliant picture whatever the viewing angle.

Two programs on one monitor
“SplitView” from Bosch offers double functionality where only a single display was available to date. This eliminates the need to install a second monitor in the vehicle, which would prove difficult in most cases anyway as far as space and safety are concerned; the “SplitView” unit takes up no more space than a conventional monitor.

In addition to the innovative, optionally available “SplitView” technology, Bosch also supplies the new E Class with automotive technology for gasoline and diesel engines, with energy-efficient start/stop technology and with ESP, the Electronic Stability Program.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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