Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with smartwatch company, Pebble, to create what the former is calling a chance to "develop innovative integrated applications" for the Pebble smartwatch. It’s not the kind of collaboration that you normally see between a car manufacturer and a timepiece company because there’s really no special-edition watch that Pebble will release in its partnership with Mercedes.
Instead, Mercedes and Pebble are creating a system that will allow the German automaker to integrate its DigitalDriveStyle app with a number of Pebble smartwatches, which will allow users to integrate their watches with their Mercedes vehicles.
The full scope of features will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, but early hints coming from Mercedes suggests that users can do an assortment of things with the Pebble smartwatches, including getting important information like fuel levels, door-lock status and vehicle locations from their watches by just glancing at it. Another unique feature of the integrated system is that it’s capability to alert drivers of any upcoming obstacles on the road, including accidents and road construction.
It’s a cool new technological device that we’re curious to see at CES this January. Hopefully, this partnership bears fruit for Mercedes and Pebble smartwaches in the future.
Click past the jump to read about Mercedes’ latest hot-ticket vehicle and one car that could benefit from this collaboration the CLA-Class
After being previewed by the Concept Style Coupe , the the production version of the CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Offered as a sort of "baby CLS," the new CLA offers one of the most elegant lines you will ever see on a Mercedes model, with the shape of the rear end being one of its best attributes.
The only "problem" is that the U.S. market only gets the CLA250 version, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Mercedes CLA-Class
Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz has announced a strategic partnership with Pebble Technology in the run-up to the 2014 International CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world. These invaluable partnership gives Mercedes-Benz early access to some of the newest hardware and early releases of application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by the Silicon Valley-based company, allowing it to develop innovative integrated applications that pave the way for the future of in-vehicle use cases.
At its CES booth, Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate how an intelligently networked vehicle becomes a part of the "internet of things" - and what benefits this can have for the customer. For this proof of concept, the developers at Mercedes have reinvented the Digital DriveStyle app in order to allow it to communicate with Pebble smart watches.
Pebble: connect yourself to your car and never miss a beat
Pebble’s smart watch acts as a "second screen" for your smartphone. This revolutionary wearable device unlocks some interesting features for the connected car. For example, when away from their vehicle, Mercedes-Benz drivers can review important vehicle information at a glance like fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location using their Pebble smart watch, even when they are outside the vehicle. When hopping into their car, the companion Pebble smart watch app magically transforms, alerting its driver to real-time hazards through V2V technology like accidents, road construction, or stalled vehicles by vibrating the watch. On top of this, users pairing their Pebble smart watch can customize the three watch buttons to activate their favourite Digital DriveStyle features like reporting hazards, auto-routing, Siri activation, remote-controlling media, or quickly showing nearby traffic conditions.
At the heart of innovation: Mercedes-Benz in Silicon Valley
Mercedes-Benz recognized 20 years ago that not just IT history but also the future of the automobile was being written in Silicon Valley, and was the first ever automobile manufacturer to open its own research facility at the home of innovation. In addition to creativity and invention, Silicon Valley mainly stands out on account of its unique culture of collaboration, involving short distances, networking, innovation and informal meetings. The physical proximity to companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook, as well as small, creative start-ups, allows Mercedes-Benz to integrate innovations into its vehicles quickly and in close cooperation with its partners, as well as to keep pace with the world of consumer electronics in terms of development cycles. The newly announced strategic partnership with Pebble Technology is further example of this culture of collaboration.