Mercedes Teams With Pebble to Produce a Smartwatch Application
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.