Monday, January 9, 2012

Mercedes-Benz USA Pushes "mbrace2" Telematics

At CES, Mercedes-Benz USA introduced its next generation "mbrace2" telematics platform for delivering safety, infotainment, personal assistance and vehicle care capabilities.

mbrace2, which is powered by Hughes Telematics, works seamlessly inside and outside the vehicle and offers a revamped control module with two all-new categories of services: Internet and remote access capabilities. It also includes a solution to remotely update all software modules via cloud networks. Specifically, mbrace2 features 3G network connectivity and enhanced integration with other vehicle networks. The new Internet-based service called "Mercedes-Benz Apps" includes features such as Facebook, Google, open browsing, stocks, Yelp! and news headlines. New remote access capabilities include Travel Zones/geo-fences, remote vehicle health diagnostics, Curfew Minder, Driving Journal, Speed Alerts, Valet Protect, and Remote Horns & Lights.

mbrace2 launches in 2012 with the MY13 SL-Class in the spring and will be standard in most MY13 passenger vehicles.