Daimler has ushered in a new era of vehicle connectivity by becoming the world’s first automaker to completely integrate the iPhone into its cars. Drivers can now continue their digital lifestyles while on the move with a feature that appeals not only to the Facebook generation. Online services in networked vehicles are also making our car2go mobility concept and electric mobility more efficient and convenient. We are shaping the future of digital driving culture.
The smart drive app transforms iPhones into multimedia onboard computers. The app has been given additional specialized functions for use in the smart fortwo electric drive. The new features enable users to continually monitor their vehicle’s battery charge while in the vehicle or at home from their PC.
The networked world allows greater flexibility and freedom. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler utilizes the tremendous innovation potential at the interface between communication and mobility.
Automobiles are increasingly being transformed into intelligent digital companions that not only provide support — both immediate and anticipatory — but also link drivers with their social networks and surrounding environments. This so-called digital drivestyle is made possible by the Internet, mobile terminals, and innovative telematics systems and apps from Mercedes-Benz.
Just as a smartphone can be far more than a communication device, a smart car can be much more than just a means of transportation. For example, Mercedes-Benz apps enable drivers to safely and conveniently access multimedia content such as music, news, weather reports, stock prices, and Facebook and Google websites while on the move. The telematics systems from Mercedes-Benz provide the associated data.
With mbrace2, Mercedes-Benz drivers in the United States now have access to the latest generation of telematics systems. mbrace2 users can post information, conduct online research and establish remote contact with their vehicles via a smartphone or PC. As a result, they can, for example, determine a car’s location, call up vehicle service data or transmit route plans. Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe are connected to the digital world by the COMAND multimedia system, which includes an Internet browser as well as audio, telephone and navigation functions.
Mercedes-Benz creates an iPhone on wheels. With the advent of the Digital DriveStyle app and the Drive Kit Plus system, Mercedes-Benz has become the world’s first automaker to consistently integrate iPhones into its vehicles. The system gives drivers access to all the content in their iPhone and to additional online services. This innovation celebrated its world premiere in the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and will be gradually spreading the digital lifestyle to all of our other vehicles.
Optimal travel from point A to point B with new forms of mobility. Daimler is shaping tomorrow’s mobility with a range of increasingly networked innovative mobility services that offer a high level of customer utility. A key component here is the pioneering moovel mobility platform, which was launched in Berlin and Stuttgart in 2012 and will be further expanded in 2013. moovel collects and displays private and public mobility options in a neutral manner. It can be accessed via the moovel smartphone app or at moovel’s mobile website.
Daimler’s vehicles and mobility concepts are becoming an intelligent component of the global flow of digital information. The market-leading car2go mobility concept developed by Daimler is being consistently expanded. Thanks to new partnerships, it is now possible to book not only car2go smart cars but also taxis via the car2go app.