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Mercedes Sets Its Sights on Organic Battery Technology

Mercedes Sets Its Sights on Organic Battery Technology

The battery is 100-percent recyclable, but is still almost two decades away from becoming mainstream

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered that the EVs may be environment-friendly, but are lithium-ion batteries contributing positively to the same cause? Although these batteries are recyclable, lithium is a highly reactive element and can have adverse effects on the environment and our health if not discarded properly.

But it looks like Mercedes-Benz has come up with a solution to work around this. The German automaker is working on building organic batteries and that could be a perfect alternative to lithium-ion batteries. However, the automaker says that the technology is still 15-20 years away from becoming mainstream.

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Mercedes and Bosch Have Come Up With a Solution For Your Parking Woes

Mercedes and Bosch Have Come Up With a Solution For Your Parking Woes

We could see this being implemented within a couple of years

All of us have gotten stuck in airport and mall parking lots. Sometimes it even takes an hour just to park the car. Even though cars these days are equipped with a self-park system, you still have to be on the driver’s seat and monitor the whole process. But this changes with new technology from Mercedes and Bosch that will allow cars to park on their own and help you save quite a lot of time.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The good things die fast

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its V-12 engine is nearing its end, and the V-8s will be the taking over the duties. Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said that the V-12 engines will be retired once the production of the current S65 ends. The V-8s will be the new torch-bearers, thanks to electrification.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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Mercedes Previews Future City Driving with Vision URBANETIC Concept

Mercedes Previews Future City Driving with Vision URBANETIC Concept

A tech-heavy look to the future

Auto show season is creeping up, and that means the concepts are starting to roll on out. One of the first out the gates is this new all-electric, fully autonomous, highly customizable transportation bubble from Mercedes-Benz Vans, which offers highly intelligent conveyance for not only people, but goods and cargo as well.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes Vision Urbanetic Concept.

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Daimler and BMW to Join Forces on the Mobility Front

Daimler and BMW to Join Forces on the Mobility Front

Two competitors facing the future hand in hand

We’ve seen automakers team up for a variety of reasons, including the sharing of platforms to streamline development and drive down costs. Now, BMW and Daimler are teaming up for a combined effort to create the latest mobility services for customers.

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Video of the Day: What's Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

Video of the Day: What’s Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

The Mercedes S-Class is regarded by some as the Pinnacle of all luxury Saloons. It’s got the style, luxury, technology (and the price tag) to find itself in the hands of those who refuse to settle for anything but the absolute best. Technology is a big part of this, and the S-Class has plenty of it, making even something as simple as a seat complex and beyond functional. With the most recent facelift of the S-Class, Mercedes took technology to a whole new level, and the seats got their own dose of upgraded technological goodness, leaving some to wonder just what the hell is beneath the skin.

After all, the seats of the S-Class perform quite a duty. They have heating and ventilation, adjustable back and lumbar support, and there’s even some active and passive safety features all encased under all of that plush leather. That’s cool and all, but have you ever wondered what’s really under there? To perform all of these various functions, there have to be fans, airbags, motors, and heating elements, right? Well, you could say there’s a lot, and since What’s Inside got their hands on an S-Class seat, you can see all of it for yourself without tearing into a seat that will probably cost you $10,000 to replace.

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Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

You won’t have to buy a Mercedes at full price if you avail of this service

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

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Mercedes Takes Headlights a Little Too Far with the Maybach S-Class Digital Light

Mercedes Takes Headlights a Little Too Far with the Maybach S-Class Digital Light

We’ve come a long way since the days of using lanterns to light the roads in front of us. Halogens are still around but have generally been replaced by projectors, HID, LED, and laser systems. Now, Mercedes takes it a step further with the S-Class Digital Light, a model that features a new, high-definition headlight projection system that can display messages in real time on the road ahead. We’re talking about warnings about pedestrians, construction zones, distance to cars ahead of you, and even blind spot notification. It seems futuristic and even a little implausible, but Mercedes says there is a small production run that will be heading to selected fleet customers within the next few months.

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Thieves Steal Mercedes in Under 60 Seconds

Thieves Steal Mercedes in Under 60 Seconds

There’s irony in using technology against technology

The “new” Mercedes-Benz in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds may have been “impossible” to steal, but in the real world, any car can be stolen with the right kind of technology. Case in point: a pair of car thieves in England actually found a way to steal a Mercedes by using the German automaker’s keyless technology against it. Worse, it pulled off the crime in under 60 seconds. The irony is thick on this one.

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Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT's Turbo Layout

Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT’s Turbo Layout

How a hot V engine layout benefits exhaust air velocity and intake temperatures

Many modern automakers use turbocharging to create more power from an engine without negatively affecting fuel economy during mundane driving. Most turbochargers can be found bolted to the exhaust manifold and hanging off the engine’s side. While economical to engineer and produce, this turbo layout can be less efficient due to extra-long plumbing, which causes the dreaded turbo lag. However, a few automakers employ what’s called a Hot V engine layout that’s designed to nearly eliminate turbo lag while also making it easier to ingest cooler air into the combustion chambers.

How does it work? Well, Engineering Explained takes a deep look at how Mercedes-AMG uses a Hot V design on its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the GT.

Long story short – a Hot V engine uses reverse-flow cylinder heads that pull cool air from two separate intake manifolds mounted on the outside of the engine and expel the hot exhaust towards the inside of the engine’s V. Basically, the intake and exhaust manifolds trade places. This allows the turbochargers to be mounted within the engine’s valley and very close to the exhaust ports. The advantage is reduced turbo lag thanks to the close proximity of the turbo’s compressor wheel to the combustion chamber. Reduced turbo lag directly translates to improved throttle response and a near-instant gain in boost.

Aside from that benefit, a Hot V design also keeps intake temperatures cooler. This happens because the intake manifolds are located on the outside of the V where ambient airflow is greater and heat soak is less prevalent. A reduction in intake temperatures means cooler air. Cooler air is denser and can therefore provide more oxygen to the combustion process, thereby improving the engine’s power output.

Mercedes is only one automaker to use the Hot V design. BMW uses it on its modern twin-turbocharged V-8s like in its M products, Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 uses it, and the Porsche 918 even has a Hot V despite it not having turbos. Ferrari even used a Hot V design in its Formula 1 engine from 1981 to 1984, 1.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. Sports car fans might be surprised to hear both Ford and General Motors uses Hot V designs on their V-8 turbodiesels. Yep, both the 6.7-liter Power Stroke and 6.6-liter Duramax have their turbochargers mounted up top.

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Mercedes Pushes Past Adaptive Headlight Technology With Digital Lights

Mercedes Pushes Past Adaptive Headlight Technology With Digital Lights

Headlights that can project images onto the road? Sounds like a good idea

The advancements in automotive technology can be a wonderful thing, especially when these advancements help push safety forward into the future in ways that were not possible in the past. It may seem inconsequential to some, but headlight technology plays a critical part in that future. We already know about Audi and BMW’s push to bring laser light technology into the forefront. But now, Mercedes-Benz is taking it a step further with Digital Light, a new software innovation that could potentially allow headlights to project images onto the road to aid drivers.

It sounds strange to consider headlights that also work as projectors, but there was also a point in time when LED daytime running lights were considered too advanced for the business. Now they’re being used by just about every automaker in the world.

The overarching function of Digital Lights isn’t that far off from laser lights in terms of real-world sophistication. The difference, at least according to Mercedes, is that this system also makes use of an HD headlight chip that has over a million controllable micromirrors on each side of the vehicle. The function of these micromirrors are then combined with data that Mercedes already mines from its own cameras and radar to perform various functions, including automatically adjusting the lights system to benefit other driver and commuters. The same micromirrors are also responsible for helping project tech display messages on the road, including pedestrian lanes or stop sign symbols. The technology shows plenty of promise, and for what it’s worth, Mercedes is already testing the tech with an eye towards introducing it into production vehicles in the future.

No timetable has been mentioned, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Euro-spec Mercedes models receive the technology before the turn of the decade. That’s how rapid the evolution of headlight technology has come in today’s ever-evolving automotive industry.

As for the U.S. market, that’s going to be a lot trickier, in large part due to existing regulations in the country. That’s not to say that it won’t happen; it’s to say that a lot more patience might be needed before the tech’s potential can be achieved on these roads.

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Mercedes and Microsoft Join Forces to Integrate your Office with your Car

Mercedes and Microsoft Join Forces to Integrate your Office with your Car

Let’s just hope this integration goes a lot smoother than the release Windows 8...

IFA is to technology companies what NAIAS is to the automotive manufacturers; meaning that it serves as a venue for the debut of the latest in technology advancements from the world’s leading technology companies. While we here at TopSpeed were focused on things more automotive, IFA Berlin kicked off quietly (at least to us, anyway) on September 2, 2016. While there isn’t a lot of stuff going on there that really snatches our interest, Mercedes was there, and it announced a new partnership with Microsoft.

Now, before all you Mercedes fans and diehard Apple guys start ripping out your hair and showering for hours at a time, it’s not as bad as you might think. Microsoft isn’t exactly taking over the Mercedes infotainment system, but this new feature that is called “In Car Office,” will bring Microsoft Exchange integration to the Mercedes dashboard. According to MSPowerUser, this will allow you to access your work calendar from your car. Furthermore, this new feature will allow the car to automatically place scheduled conference calls when necessary and will provide navigation services for meeting locations that are also scheduled on your work calendar. See, not so bad right?

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Mercedes-Benz Highlights The E-Class' New Infotainment System, Touts "Mercedes Me"

Mercedes-Benz Highlights The E-Class’ New Infotainment System, Touts "Mercedes Me"

Mercedes-Benz has always been considered an industry leader when it comes to technological advances. The German automaker certainly proved its worth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show when it dropped a boatload of new tech features designed to combine modern mobility with the continued evolution of the digital world.

The all-new Mercedes E-Class, or should I say, the interior of the all-new E-Class, is one of Mercedes’ main showcases at CES. Ahead of the sedan’s world premier at the 2016 North American International Auto Show later next week, the revolutionary cockpit of the new E-Class was displayed for all the world to see, including its new infotainment system that Merc promises will usher in a new era of networking and digitization. Among the highlights of this new system is a touch control on the multifunction steering wheel made up of a pair of panels that function the same way as the surface of a smartphone. Just like how we use swiping movements to navigate the interface of our phones, these two panels work the same way, allowing drivers to scroll through the menus of the instrument cluster and the central display without their hands leaving the steering wheel.

Mercedes says it’s the first automaker to offer a system of that sort in a car, and with the company’s reputation for ingenious creations like this, I’m inclined to believe it. Also, from a presentation standpoint, the new E-Class will also benefit from having a digital instrument cluster that has a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. Even better, the screen design can be customized with three different designs - Classic, Sport, or Progressive - depending on the preference of the driver.

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Audi, BMW And Daimler Are Now Official Owners Of Nokia's HERE Maps

Audi, BMW And Daimler Are Now Official Owners Of Nokia’s HERE Maps

Rare is the day when you see Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi in agreement over something. It’s even rarer when all three companies pool their resources together for what they perceive to be “the better good” for the auto industry. And yet, somehow, the improbable has happened. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have all joined forces to acquire Nokia’s mapping service, otherwise known as HERE, for a price of around €2.55 billion, or about $2.77 billion based on current exchange rates. Negotiations among the parties involved began in earnest back in August 2015 shortly after Nokia announced that it was putting the service up for sale.

The HERE mapping service supplies four out of five vehicles in the industry and is long-standing relationships with clients like Samsung, Microsoft, Bing, Amazon and Garmin. Simply put, HERE is the unquestioned market leader of this particular type of service so when Nokia put it up for sale, the three German automakers immediately pounced on the opening out of fear that a tech giant would make a play for the service and immediately monopolize the in-car mapping corner.

Reports indicate that Uber was one of the biggest competitors for the service with other unnamed parties also involved.

In the end, the trio of German brands was chosen as the buyers for HERE and the three companies have already said that other automakers are welcome to join in on the unconventional consortium to ensure that the platform remains in the auto industry.

There’s no word yet on whether other automakers are willing to join in on the ownership of HERE, but if there are, details should arrive sooner than later.

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Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Truck Rolls Down The Autobahn

Mercedes-Benz’s Self-Driving Truck Rolls Down The Autobahn

Mercedes-Benz has completed landmark testing in its home country of Germany thanks to its cutting-edge automated driving system called Highway Pilot and its standard production Actros transport truck.

Yep, the self-driving truck just completed the nine-mile journey between Denkendorf and Stuttgart while piloting itself down the autobahn. This test is the latest feather in Mercedes’ hat of automated driving technologies it is pioneering for the commercial trucking sector.

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Daimler AG Boss Would Welcome Partnership With Apple, Google

Daimler AG Boss Would Welcome Partnership With Apple, Google

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, says he’s open to cooperating with tech companies like Google and Apple on the next generation of connected cars. Car companies have historically had a difficult time developing in-house operating systems that live up to the standards set by tablets, smart phones and other devices, and that consumers expect. Understandably, they’ve also been reluctant to cede control of their products to outside companies, but rhetoric like this from Zetsche and others within the industry mean this philosophy is changing.

"Google and Apple want to provide system software for cars and bring this entire ecosystem around Apple and Google into the vehicle," Zetsche told German publication Deutsche Unternehmerboerse. "That can be interesting for both sides."

But, ‘cooperation’ is the operational word here. Zetsche is willing to work with tech giants outside the car industry, but will not be outsourcing software development to Silicon Valley. "We don’t want to become contractors who have no direct content with customers any more and supply hardware to third parties," he continued.

Zetsche’s comments come shortly after Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn urged more cooperation between tech and car companies, and the recent acquisition of Nokia’s HERE digital mapping service by the BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi trifecta.

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Audi, BMW and Daimler Officially Bought Nokia's HERE Mapping Business

Audi, BMW and Daimler Officially Bought Nokia’s HERE Mapping Business

Normally three of the world’s most competitive car companies, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have combined forces to purchase the HERE digital mapping service from Finnish telecommunications company, Nokia, for $3 billion.

The three-company consortium will use HERE’s cloud-based maps and other services in conjunction with assisted driving hardware that’s already standard on many cars. The plan is to provide real-time location services and assistance to drivers in the short term, and a platform for fully autonomous car navigation further down the road.

”HERE will be able to offer users a continuously improving product, bringing highly automated driving and location based services a step further,” said Audi, BMW and Mercedes board members in a group statement. “As the volume of anonymized data from the vehicles increases, services will become more convenient, more connected and further tailored to the users’ individual requirements.”

Pending clearance from European antitrust authorities, the deal will see HERE split evenly between the three German car giants, and continue to operate as an independent company with its own autonomous management. The service is currently the largest competitor to Google Maps.

Nokia, meanwhile, has been in the process of successfully pivoting to a service- and infrastructure-based business model, after being thoroughly trounced and driven from a market it once dominated, by Apple’s iPhone and other smart-phone newcomers. Nokia currently acts as a supplier to some of the biggest carriers, including AT&T and China Mobile.

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Mercedes-Benz Plans No Production Car With Water Injection System

Mercedes-Benz Plans No Production Car With Water Injection System

For years now, the big three of German luxury cars have been involved in a Cold War-style technology race that is not likely to abate any time in the near future. So when BMW announced that it was debuting a new water injection system for the M4 GTS, one that should make it into production cars in just a few years, many people suspected that Audi and/or Mercedes-Benz wouldn’t be too far behind in bringing out similar systems. But the latest word from Mercedes is that it isn’t happening, and that the systems require a lot of effort and money for very little return.

This information comes by way of Dr. Thomas Weber, a board member in charge of development. He compared the systems to the old variable compression systems, which sounded impressive in theory but ended up being far more trouble and expense than they were worth. Weber did go on to say that water injection gets brought up at every powertrain conference, but that it never actually moves forward. But there are those at Mercedes who believe that water injection could work. Klaus Frohlich, another board member, is pushing for them, seeing them an excellent way to reduce emissions.

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Audi, BMW And Mercedes Could Sign Agreement To Acquire Nokia's "Here" Technology

Audi, BMW And Mercedes Could Sign Agreement To Acquire Nokia’s "Here" Technology

The big three German luxury carmakers, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW are reportedly nearing a deal with Nokia to purchase the telecomm company’s "Here" mapping and location business. The deal is rumored to cost between 2.5 and 3 billion euros ($2.74 to $3.29 billion) and would provide fully autonomous cars with the means to talk to mobile networks.

That’s the news coming from Reuters, which cites two unidentified sources “familiar with the deal.”

The system would provide self-driving cars with the necessary connectivity to receive real-time data updates, thus enabling them to perform functions like recalculate a route around a traffic jam or accident on the road ahead.

In order to navigate real-world streets, fully autonomous vehicles must process tons of data, including information provided by onboard sensors like radar and lidar. However, in order to function on a long-range scale, the cars must also maintain a connection to constantly updated telecomm infrastructure.

In addition to ownership of all relevant patents, the purchase could also include multi-year commitments to improve the system’s map data quality. The deal is expected to reach finalization by the end of the month, but is by no means guaranteed.

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