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Mercedes Presents DICE Architecture At CES

Stating that “at the interfaces between communication and mobility, vast potential for innovation lies dormant”, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler Chairman, announced the automaker’s intention to remove the association of electronics as mere accessories to an automobile.  With the amount of time people spend in their cars, Mercedes sees the potential for networked interfaces in cars to become indispensable tools, much like smartphones have made the leap from being mere communications tools to the information and networking portals they have become. In this vein, Mercedes intends its cars of the future to be more than just mere transportation conveyances. With a comprehensive suite of networking and communications technologies, Mercedes will make… Continue Reading »

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2013 SL Aluminum Bodyshell Heralds Many Production Firsts

Much anticipation is being generated by the upcoming SL’s extensive use of aluminum in its structure and sheetmetal.  Significantly lighter than its predecessor, it’s 89% aluminum, which makes it much more interesting to tuners, who don’t have to overcome a whole lot of mass to produce a high performance vehicle. For Mercedes, it’s an excellent way to offer the same performance expected of the SL with smaller engines, thus satisfying customers and CAFE and emissions standards at the same time. Mercedes uses a combination of cast aluminum and hydroformed aluminum for the structure to meet the exacting crash and NVH standards that the company is known for. And since aluminum… Continue Reading »

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Daimler-BYD EV now up for prototyping

Almost twelve months have passed since Daimler AG signed a joint partnership deal with Chinese car manufacturer BYD. The companies aimed to create an electric car tailored especially for the market in China. It wasn’t too long before the partnership was announced to the public. Now, news has been spread straight from very first board meeting of the Shenzhen BYD Daimler Technology Company Limited joints venture. It seems that project’s research phase is finally, if not yet over, with the still unnamed electric vehicle now being pushed into prototyping phase. To further facilitate the project, both Daimler AG and BYD have sent teams composed of their top engineers, designers, quality… Continue Reading »

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Five key innovations for the future

A recent visit to Germany brought a wealth of information to the boys at Autoblog. The team was fortunate enough to bear witness to Mercedes-Benz’s plans for the future, and had gotten a treat of the technological veil that the company possesses in preparation for the future. They picked out five key innovations that they thought were the most prominent and significant and posted it with a bunch of fascinating photos. We won’t go into detail of each five but instead will give you a sneak peek. First off is the Cam-Touch-Pad HMI. It’s basically a translucent touch pad with a camera underneath that tracks your fingers’ movements. It’s kind… Continue Reading »

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Daimler reports plans for the next ten years

“360 Degrees – Facts on Sustainability” was the report presented by Daimler as it took full advantage of the company’s yearly general meeting in Berlin, Germany. The report is broken down into five specific parts, all of which make up the car manufacturer’s guideline measures for business to last up until 2020. The report was given in adequate detail, divided into five sections, namely sustainability management, industrial environmental protection, employees, and the social environment. It offers a sneak peek on how the company as a whole is planning to address the current issues troubling the automotive industry.  The company made it a point to discuss the steps it is taking… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Announces Fuel Cell Production In Canada

Coinciding with its F-Cell World Drive event, Mercedes-Benz has announced its plans to manufacture fuel cell stacks for the company’s future electric vehicles in Burnaby, Canada. Encompassing 2,000 meters of floor space, the plant will be operational next year. Said Herbert Kohler, Mercedes e-Drive and Future Mobility head, “To consolidate our leading position in the field of alternative drive systems, we are ensuring direct access to the key technologies involved. Following our systematic development of battery expertise together with Accumotive GmbH in Germany, this decision is a further, major step on the road to emission-free driving.” Fuel cell stacks are key components in Mercedes’ electric vehicles. Combined in series and… Continue Reading »

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U.S. Leg Of F-Cell World Drive Reveals Poor Infrastructure

While the popularity electric vehicles has spurred the installation of charging stations to feed these EVs, manufacturers like Daimler feel the inadequate infrastructure support that the government and private sector are giving to alternative fuels like hydrogen. As the F-Cell World Drive planners have anticipated, there are very few hydrogen refueling stations across the continental U.S. and in the 35 refueling stops that the F-Cell cars will make in the U.S. leg, only one stop can be made at a public refueling station. The rest of the fillups will be from Linde tanker trucks strategically positioned along the route. Despite the favorable impressions and acceptance garnered from the public about… Continue Reading »

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