Mercedes-Benz Unveils Telematics, Smartphone Apps, Driver Assistance Systems, SL

By Paul Riegler on 10 January 2012
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Mercedes-Benz, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, previewed a new in-vehicle infotainment and safety system, mbrace2, at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The system will support cloud-based apps, speech recognition, Web browsing and search, in addition to existing features such as concierge services, automatic crash notification, and traffic information.

The new mbrace2 smartphone app adds new features over the existing app, including the ability to set valet parking protection and receive geo-fence alerts, in addition to being able to remotely lock and unlock and locate the vehicle and send addresses to the car’s navigation system (Send2Benz).

The all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL roadster is being shown at both the North American International Auto Show and the CES, and it is one of the first cars to come with the new mbrace2 platform as standard.  A new feature in the SL is Magic Sky Control, which darkens the moonroof at the push of a button (think Dreamliner 787) .  It’s also the 60th anniversary of the original SL and Mercedes is displaying chassis #2 in Detroit.

The 2013 E400 Hybrid made its U.S. premiere.  It comes with a V-6 gasoline engine that produces 302 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque supplemented by an electric motor that adds 27 hp and 184 pound-feet.

Mercedes also previewed the DriveStyle iPhone App, which allows drivers to control the smartphone via an interface in the vehicle instead of using the phone, hopefully minimizing driver distraction.  The F125! Research Vehicle is also on display and portends the future of large luxury sedans.  It is a zero-emission vehicle with a driving range of 621 miles (999 km).

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