Mercedes Unveils New Smart Watch Technology

Mercedes-Benz partners with Pebble Technology to bring Mercedes Digital Drive App to your watch

by  John Clark  | 

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Mercedes-Benz has just announced a new strategic partnership with Pebble Technology leading up the 2014 International CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world. What this means for you is Mercedes’ Digital DriveStyle app will be able to communicate with Pebble smartwatches.  So in the event you’re about to crash, your watch will let you know – a more likely scenario would be updates you need for your Mercedes, tire pressure, oil, etc.  In addition, the partnership will give Mercedes-Benz early access to some of the newest hardware and early releases of application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by the Silicon Valley-based company, allowing it to develop innovative integrated applications that pave the way for the future of in-vehicle use cases.

Pebble Smartwatch with Mercedes-Benz

Pebble Smartwatch with Mercedes-Benz

Pebble: connect yourself to your car and never miss a beat

Pebble’s smart watch acts as a “second screen” for your smartphone. This revolutionary wearable device unlocks some interesting features for the connected car. For example, when away from their vehicle, Mercedes-Benz drivers can review important vehicle information at a glance like fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location using their Pebble smart watch, even when they are outside the vehicle. When hopping into their car, the companion Pebble smart watch app magically transforms, alerting its driver to real-time hazards through V2V technology like accidents, road construction, or stalled vehicles by vibrating the watch. On top of this, users pairing their Pebble smart watch can customize the three watch buttons to activate their favourite Digital DriveStyle features like reporting hazards, auto-routing, Siri activation, remote-controlling media, or quickly showing nearby traffic conditions.

Pebble Smartwatch with Mercedes-Benz

Pebble Smartwatch with Mercedes-Benz

At the heart of innovation: Mercedes-Benz in Silicon Valley

Mercedes-Benz recognized 20 years ago that not just IT history but also the future of the automobile was being written in Silicon Valley, and was the first ever automobile manufacturer to open its own research facility at the home of innovation. In addition to creativity and invention, Silicon Valley mainly stands out on account of its unique culture of collaboration, involving short distances, networking, innovation and informal meetings. The physical proximity to companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook, as well as small, creative start-ups, allows Mercedes-Benz to integrate innovations into its vehicles quickly and in close cooperation with its partners, as well as to keep pace with the world of consumer electronics in terms of development cycles. The newly announced strategic partnership with Pebble Technology is further example of this culture of collaboration.

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