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Daimler Promises to Keep the Steering Wheel in Autonomous Cars

With the coming wave of autonomous cars and even trucks, several questions were raised by critics and auto enthusiasts. Among them is, “what happens to the steering wheel?” According to Bloomberg, Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche promised that they will still retain the features that have defined automobiles since its invention like the steering wheel, and the basic pedals. The introduction of autonomous cars is currently perceived by many as an event that might put a lot of traditional car components inconsequential. That is the reason why Google killed off all the manual features in its prototype driverless car. However, Dr. Zetsche stated in his speech at Oxford yesterday, “We specifically do not want to… Continue Reading »

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Introducing the Brabus CLS Rocket 730

The known Mercedes-Benz aftermarket tuning firm Brabus has expanded its territory in Malaysia. Yesterday (November 11), the company opened its showroom and Performance Center in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, which is the state capital of Selangor, Malaysia. According to AutoBuzz.my, the combined cost of the two facilities is around RM8 million, or approximately $2,398,081.76 (US) based on the conversion tool of Google. One of the key highlights of the event was the unveiling of the Brabus CLS Rocket 730. The Brabus CLS Rocket 730 was based from the Mercedes CLS63 AMG. Although the tuner retained the original 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine of the car offered by AMG, it was extensively tweaked to achieve up… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft Joins the Car OS Wars

During the early week of this month at the Build conference, Microsoft unveiled its own car operating system concept. The car OS being developed by the multinational corporation founded by Bill Gates aims to compete with Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Projected Mode project. On its preview, the audiences can’t help but compare it against Apple’s CarPlay because Microsoft’s car OS had striking similarities with it. Like its rival’s product, the car OS of Microsoft enables placing calls, sending messages, listening to music and viewing the vehicle’s diagnostics. Steve Teixeira of Microsoft’s development division noted though that safety is the primary concern of their OS. For instance, when the car is mobile,… Continue Reading »

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Software Wars Have Reached Cars

The connectivity of vehicles with mobile devices and the Internet are crucial to their survival in the market. This statement came from Daimler boss Dr. Dieter Zetsche during his interview with Reuters after Mercedes revealed that Apple’s new iOS for car system called the “CarPlay” will be integrated with its upcoming vehicles. Daimler also confirmed that they will be offering compatibility to devices running the Android platform-based on the source. This is definitely an indication that the speculations about its Projected Mode project with Google are real. Going back to the report, Dr.Zetsche set as an example the iPod to illustrate his point. He explained that the device was not… Continue Reading »

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Daimler accidentally leaks Google Projected Mode

When Internet companies’ upcoming products get leaked, it’s usually through tech blogs, insiders, or marketing ploys intended to drum up interest. This time, though, a job advertisement from a partner is the culprit, as Daimler, the parent company of German automaker Mercedes-Benz, unwittingly leaked Google’s “Projected Mode” via a job posting on its web site, which to our knowledge has since been amended. There really isn’t much that can be learned about this new Google software or technology, especially coming from a vague passage within a job ad. Still, it’s probably going to have to do with telematics. The timing is quite interesting, as Apple is set to unveil its… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 Now in the American Soil

The wait is finally over for people who have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 in the American soil. Yesterday, Mercedes-Benz posted in its Google+ account that the on and off-road beast is finally unleashed in the US. The release of the Mercedes G63 AMG coincides with the winter season as the US is expected to get colder in the weeks to come. The six-wheeler’s three portal axles, colossal 37-inch tires plus powerful customized biturbo V-8 engine capable of hauling around 9,000 lbs. of mass will let its owners easily conquer harsh road conditions brought about by the cold weather. The 5.5-liter V-8 engine of… Continue Reading »

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1957 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster Wins a Concours d’Elegance Award

The Concours d’Elegance is a French phrase meaning “competition of elegance”. It is an annual gathering of prestigious vehicles, which is a tradition that dates back to the 17th century France wherein nobles parade their prestigious horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris. But the age of automobiles has replaced the carts to elegant motorized vehicles. In the most recent Concours d’Elegance at Arizona Biltmore, the 1957 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster was able to bag the award as the best post-war Mercedes-Benz. Based on the photo released by Mercedes-Benz USA through Google+, the car definitely looks like a winner. It sports a glossy sky blue paint and specially-designed wheels with… Continue Reading »

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