Mercedes-Benz is known for innovation and technology, and now, with mbrace2, it’s truly at your fingertips. With mbrace2, an array of apps and usable tools are built right in the interior design, utilizing the latest internet access capabilities. You’ll now be able to access navigation tools from Google Local Search app, connect with your social networks, and even find and review entertainment with Yelp.Comments
Few cars go unnoticed on the busy service drive at Park Place Motorcars.
A couple of years ago, the Dallas Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dealership began attaching RFID tags, similar to TollTags, to new and used vehicles. Monitors on the service drive read the tags as customers pull in.
“When you arrive, it alerts your service adviser that you are here, tells the adviser what service you’re scheduled for and brings up your service history — all in a few seconds,” said Tony Carimi, director of operations at Park Place Dealerships.
The technology revolution that blew through showrooms more than a decade ago — ushering in Internet car sales — is now roaring through service department back shops.
Service advisors are trading pens and clipboards for iPads, while technicians tune cars with laptops. Devices embedded in service drives check tires on cars entering the dealership for wear and alignment.
Meanwhile, technicians use iPads to photograph worn parts on a vehicle, emailing the pictures to customers so they can decide whether to fix them.Comments
Tuesday, Mercedes-Benz announced it was expanding it’s on-board ‘communication’ offerings by allowing services like Facebook, Yelp and Google into the dashboard athrough it’s service Mbrace. The new version is currently referred to as Mbrace2.
“It works seamlessly, automatically, and 24-7. I admit that [it] won’t change the world, but it is a very real improvement in terms of independence,” Dr. Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said in a keynote speech here at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Mbrace2 works with Apple and Android phones and devices. Mbrace2 launches with the 2013 SL-Class in the spring, and is rumored to be standard in most 2013 passenger cars offered by Mercedes-Benz. Now, you’ll be able to Google +, Facebook, and get news – right from your dashboard.