Mercedes has introduced cloud-based connectivity services on select Mercedes-Benz models in India. Available by the name of Mercedes-Benz Apps, the online infotainment system first came with the recently launched CLS250 CDI and E-Class
Cabriolet in the country. The cloud-based services are now available for all existing customers who have COMAND Online in their cars including the new S-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class and all AMG variants sold in India.
Through the new feature, owners will not only be able to browse the internet but will also be able to use a number of apps based on content relevance in their cars. Some of the few apps on option include Mercedes-Benz Radio, TuneIn Radio, weather forecast, news with text-to-speech function, RSS services, HRS hotel search, etc.
Commenting on the development, Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “We at Mercedes-Benz have always strived to bring the best in modern luxury and latest technology for our customers. The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Apps is yet another inititative towards this direction.
We are confident that the Mercedes-Benz Apps will delight our customers and will not only be a standard offering for our new cars, but also for all our existing customers who have COMAND Online system in their cars. This reiterates our committment of offering the best ownership experience for our customers”.
Another highlight of this cloud-based computing is that latest apps will get added/updated and sent to the vehicle over-the-air. This would mean customers are no longer required to visit the dealership to update the system; the portfolio of applications will expand automatically throughout the life of the vehicle.
To access these apps on their Mercedes cars, customers are simply required to connect via internet data connectivity through a Bluetooth tethered smartphone including Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and Android or Windows-based smartphones.
Going forward, the manufacturer plans to bring Mercedes-Benz Apps for their other models as well.
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