Mercedes Mbrace GPS system helped police track down Boston bombers

Article by Anita Panait, on April 30, 2013

A new technology installed in a Mercedes-Benz ML350 sports utility vehicle was instrumental in tracking down the two brothers responsible for the Boston bombing. The Boston Globe published the story of a Chinese immigrant who said his new Mercedes-Benz ML350 was carjacked by the perpetrators -- Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

According to the owner, he wanted to be known as “Danny,” he was only able to escape from the Tsarnaev brothers when one of them went into a gas station in Cambridge to pay for fuel while the other brother, momentarily distracted, put down his gun.

Seeing the right opportunity for an escape, Danny, unbuckled his seatbelt with one hand and opened the door with the other, and then fled to a gas station across the street. He then told the gas station owner to call the police.

When the police arrived, Danny told them that his ML350 was equipped with mbrace, Mercedes-Benz’s GPS-based system that can track stolen cars. He also left his iPhone in the car.

Mercedes received a call from the police at after 12 a.m. Friday. Danny then spoke to the carmaker’s representative and was able to confirm that he was the car’s owner by providing his PIN number. Mercedes then relayed the location of the car to police, updating them of where it was as it crusie around the Boston suburbs.

They tracked the car to Laurel Street in Watertown, where a gunfight occurred between police and the Tsarnaev brothers. A Laurel Street resident managed to tale some photos of the shootout, including a picture of the Mercedes ML350 attempting to run down police.

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