According to the latest reports, it appears that the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will be the first car from the manufacturer receiving on-board Internet access via its Command infotainment platform.
The sources who confirmed this fact also added that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to offer the same Web-browsing capability. The new C-Class will arrive on the market shortly after the SLK debuts.
"We will then offer our own online services as well," a top executive told Automobilwoche. What is really interesting is that Mercedes-Benz will not offer the same system as Bmw, its main rival, because the SLK will use the customers’ smart phone in order to connect with the infotainment system.
For those who don’t know, Bmw installs its own SIM card in its cars. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz will use the new Terminal Mode as standard for its connection.
This means that it will allow the smart phone display to be transferred into the car’s infotainment system. As a result, the phone’s application will be controlled with the keys found on the steering wheel, or via a touchscreen or by using the phone itself. [via autonews - sub. required]