updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue January 10, 2012
German car company makes first appearance at CES
Mercedes Benz scheduled a keynote this week at CES for the first time to show off its latest in-vehicle connected technologies. The German car maker is showcasing its latest vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show, while the CES event focuses on an updated infotainment system, Mbrace2, that includes cloud-based apps and takes advantage of interaction with smartphones.
Daimler AG board chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche underscored the rising importance of connected in-vehicle services. The second-generation telematics system brings new apps for Facebook, Yelp and Google Local Search.
Companion apps for iPhones and Android-based smartphones will enable users to track vehicle usage, access diagnostic information, control door locks and monitor the vehicle while it is being valet parked.
Mbrace2 will initially arrive on the new SL-Class before launching as standard equipment on most model-year 2013 vehicles. The company expects to add more features, with over-the-air updates that will not require users to take their vehicle to a service center.