At the 2013 CeBIT computer expo, Mercedes-Benz showcased the new features of its COMAND Online navigation system, which is able to provide real-time traffic information to the driver.
Integrating new wireless networking technologies has helped Mercedes-Benz innovate the COMAND Online system. With the Mercedes-Benz Live Traffic system, cars will get on-the-dot traffic information comprised of traffic density, holdups, tailbacks, and even travel warnings.
In order to support this in Germany, Deutsche Telekom is said to be developing communication infrastructure to serve the requirements of this system. Mobile data will be transmitted through M2M (Machine-to-Machine) SIM chips in the vehicles’ comm modules.
There is also the new Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call system, which uses COMAND Online connectivity to automatically place a call after an accident, so that the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre can respond to serious situations quickly. The Emergency Call triggers after an airbag or belt tensioner activation, and the vehicle will be located by the Centre through GPS positioning. Drivers can also place calls manually.
Mercedes-Benz also announced the availability of new apps that can be used with COMAND Online. TuneIn radio, HRS Hotelfinder, News, National Travel Information, and Mercedes-Benz Services are new applications that offer additional services at no extra cost to Mercedes-Benz owners and drivers.