Mercedes-Benz unveils 3 key innovations at CES 2014

Article by Anita Panait, on January 11, 2014

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show three innovative technologies. The German luxury carmaker has partnered with Pebble Technology and Nest Labs that would provide the carmaker’s developers access to the latest hardware and application programming interfaces (APIs) from the two start-ups.

Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate information sharing and interactive communication between vehicle and Pebble smart watch, which allows consumers away from their vehicles to review vehicle information by just glancing at their Pebble smart watch.

As consumers get into their vehicles, Pebble smart watch will vibrate when the vehicles need to communicate certain alerts. Mercedes will release these features in spring of 2014 as part of Digital DriveStyle app.

Mercedes will also demonstrate a concept of connecting vehicles to the Nest Learning Thermostat using Nest's web APIs. The vehicle will interact with the Nest Thermostat to allow a consumer to set home temperature at comfortable level – thereby making life easier and more convenient. This feature is planned to come out in the spring of 2014 as part of the Digital DriveStyle app.

Mercedes and Google will also be providing an update of a partnership to bring Google services to Mercedes vehicles that was announced first at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

The next phase of the partnership entails the introduction of Google+ support in the Digital DriveStyle app. Google+ support will be available in all vehicles fitted with the Drive Kit Plus hardware module, and will enable drivers to share updates to Google+, and review their Google+ streams both on screen and via text-to-speech.

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