The new EQS SUV: ENERGIZING COMFORT

Apr 19, 2022
Stuttgart

In the EQS SUV, ENERGIZING COMFORT includes the three ENERGIZING NATURE programmes Forest Glade, Sound of the Sea and Summer Rain. These provide an immersive and impressively realistic on-board sound experience. These calming sounds were created in consultation with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. As with the other ENERGIZING COMFORT programmes, other senses are engaged with lighting moods and images. A new feature of the short sleep programme during a break is the expanded conditioning of the interior: it closes the roller blind of the panoramic sliding sunroof (special equipment) and moves the driver's seat into the reclined position. This creates an atmosphere that is conducive to sleeping. The power nap can increase the driver's performance and give them new energy.

The ENERGIZING NATURE programmes at a glance:

  • Forest Glade: can help to escape the noisy daily routine and boost concentration. Birdsong, rustling leaves and a gentle breeze create a feel-good ambience. The programme is rounded off by warm music soundscapes and subtle fragrancing.
  • Sounds of the Sea: can have a positive and relaxing effect through the combination of soft music soundscapes, sounds of the surf and seagull sounds. Warms and cools at the same time with the soothingly slow rhythm of the ocean waves combined with blasts of air from the air conditioning system.
  • Summer Rain: can serve as an acoustic oasis in noisy traffic, cooling and calming with sounds of raindrops on leafy canopies, distant thunder, pattering rain and ambient music soundscapes.

The sounds are based on the "Quiet Planet" audio library, which acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has created over the years. The Mercedes-Benz sound design department has arranged the sounds into ten-minute pieces and mixed them for the in-car experience. Individual musical compositions enhance the overall impression of the sounds of nature and their calming effect.

Power Nap: short recovery programme for driver and co-driver during a break

During a break in the journey, e.g. at a service area or charging station, the Power Nap program can be selected. The program has three phases – falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up – and can increase the driver's performance and give them new energy. A new feature of the short sleep programme during a break is the expanded conditioning of the interior: The EQS ensures a sleep-promoting atmosphere by moving the front seat participating in the programme to a reclined position, closing the side windows and blinds, activating the ionisation of the incoming and circulating air, and adjusting the ambient lighting accordingly. Soothing sounds and the depiction of a starry sky on the central display support falling asleep - if Power Nap has been started for the front passenger seat, this also appears on the front passenger display.

Waking up is accompanied by a pleasantly activating soundscape, appropriate fragrancing as well as a briefly active subtle massage and seat ventilation. Finally, the seat is moved upright again and the roller blind in the roof lining is opened. This ends the programme and returns the driver to the task of driving.

ENERGIZING COMFORT and ENERGIZING COACH: comfortable travel while staying fit

The ENERGIZING COMFORT range in the EQS SUV is based on the further developed system of the S-Class. So in addition to the three ENERGIZING NATURE programmes, it includes the Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort and Power Nap programmes, as well as trainings and ENERGIZING tips.

The visualisation benefits from active ambient lighting and large screens with high-resolution animations. Passengers can join a programme in progress from their seat ("Join" mode) or suggest their own programme to other passengers ("Share" mode). The voice assistant "Hey Mercedes" is integrated. A statement such as "I am stressed", for example, automatically triggers the Joy programme with regenerative character. If the driver says "I'm tired", they are prompted to take a break and ENERGIZING COMFORT starts the Vitality programme.

The ENERGIZING COACH is based on an intelligent algorithm. It recommends the Freshness, Warmth, Vitality or Joy programme depending on the situation and individual. If the Mercedes-Benz vivoactive® 3 smartwatch, the Mercedes-Benz Venu® smartwatch or another compatible Garmin® wearable is linked, personal values such as stress level or sleep quality optimise the precision of the recommendation. Via the Mercedes me App, the smartwatch sends important vital data of the wearer to the ENERGIZING COACH, e.g. pulse rate, stress level and sleep quality. The recommended comfort programme can be started directly from the suggestion in the form of a notification in the MBUX system. The aim is to ensure that the driver feels well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys. In addition, the pulse rate recorded by the integrated Garmin® wearable is shown on the central display.

Two ENERGIZING packages are offered for the EQS SUV. The package contents:

  • The ENERGIZING Package includes ENERGIZING COMFORT, ENERGIZING COACH and AIR-BALANCE Package.
  • The ENERGIZING Package Plus also includes driver and front passenger seat climate control, steering wheel heating and the Front Multicontour Seat Package.
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