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2017 to Bring Android Integration to New Benz Vehicles

If you have an Android phone and you have used the “OK, Google’ function to ask it a question or have it complete some task, you already understand just how neat and powerful the technology can be.

All of that utility will be getting integrated into new Mercedes-Benz vehicles come 2017, which will allow for some awesome connectivity between all your tech at home, at work, in the car and on your phone, if you so wish. The possibilities are staggering with this new addition to Mercedes-Benz cars, and considering the speed at which developers can build and release new apps these days, it’s probably not going to be long before we can do things with Google-connected cars that people never dreamed of. I’d offer an example here, but there’s no way I’m giving away my billion-dollar app idea! 😉

One thing I do wonder about, though, is just how deep the connectivity is going to go. It would be truly amazing if it could, on its own, discover an issue and let you know that you need to order a new Mercedes-Benz transmission for your vehicle.

Honestly, though, I look forward to turning on the heat in my car before I get in by telling my phone to take care of it and during the commute home tell my car to get the heater in my house running so it can be comfortable inside right when I get there.

 

Mercedes-Benz today announced the integration of the Google Assistant on Google Home. Google Home, a voice-activated personal assistant, makes it possible to interact with the Mercedes-Benz vehicle from home. The feature will be available to Mercedes-Benz customers in 2017.

The collaboration with the Google Assistant is part of Mercedes-Benz long-term goal of creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for their customers. With this integration, Google Home users can send destination to their Mercedes-Benz Cars; set and activate heating and cooling systems within their vehicles; find out fuel and charge levels; check lock status as well as interact with their cars in order to lock doors and many more—all from the comfort of their home. Continue Reading

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Generation EQ, Exterieur, Studio

Mercedes-Benz to Start Building in China

China’s been a hot topic this year for various reasons, but for Mercedes it has been the 28% increase of sales in that market just this year, with more growth expected to follow.

To maximize sales in the country though, Daimler has made the move to manufacture the components for electric cars as well as whole electric cars for the Chinese market locally.

 

As part of a drive to manufacture more products local. Daimler may make batteries and Mercedes-Benz electric cars in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to try to boost sales, according to board member Hubertus Troska.

Sales of the German company’s luxury cars in China have grown 28% so far this year after Mercedes spruced up its designs to give its cars a more sporty and upmarket feel, gaining traction with drivers in the world’s largest car market.

“I am confident that Mercedes in China will show a decent performance next year,” Troska, Daimler’s board member responsible for Greater China, told reporters. Continue Reading

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Daimler to Continue Diesel Sales in US

German magazines have spread a rumor that Mercedes-Benz was going to cease the release of diesel engine Benz’s in the US.

Well, Daimler the parent company has released a much needed clarification that the rumor is in fact false. Still, Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce what might be coming next, which has left up an air of mystery.

 

Daimler says it hasn’t decided to stop selling diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz models in the U.S., despite a report from a German magazine saying otherwise.

Reuters said today that Mercedes’ parent company Daimler denied a report from weekly magazine Der Spiegel, which had said the carmaker would cease to sell such cars next year.

“There is currently no decision nor are there considerations to withdraw diesel from the U.S.,” a company spokesman said.

Daimler’s sales of diesel cars make up less than one percent of its Mercedes brand’s car sales in the U.S, he said. Continue Reading

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Will Autonomy Take the Fun Out of Driving? For Some, Yes.

As much as we (obviously) love Mercedes-Benz around here, and seeing as we also love to drive our cars, we often think about how much fun self-driving vehicles like the F-015 will actually be. After getting to experience autonomous vehicles and way too much daydreaming about the days we can have one parked in our own garage, we can identify three kinds of people and how they will react to these inevitable autos.

First, there are more than a handful of people out there who just absolutely hate driving. Period. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, so it’s understandable that not everyone is going to take as much joy in pulling off a perfect parallel parking move as we might. Still, these are the people that autonomous driving is really designed for. By not having to pay attention to the road while they drive to and fro their various destinations, their presence on the road should also mean safer roads in general by helping to cut down on a significant amount of road rage and distracted drivers.

Second, and this is easily the category that we fall into, are the people who get real enjoyment out of being in control of their cars. For them (us), being driven around in an autonomous wheeled robot sounds like the antithesis of a good time. Accelerating and cornering are a blast for this group of people and having a machine handle all of that just sounds boring once you get over the novelty of having your car chauffeur you around for a day or two.

The third group of people are those who are going to get the most out of a self-driving car. These are the folks who don’t feel like they have enough time to read (or take in some other relatively inactive activity like use Facebook, play games on a tablet or whatever else) and can truly capitalize on the freedom given to them during those few moments during a daily commute. These people should already be head over heels for the idea of autonomy in vehicles as they’ll likely be able to go from reading one book a month to several.

Wherever you fall into this group, though, it is almost a given that commercially available autonomous cars will be making their way onto roads quicker than you might imagine. Now (for this writer at least), here’s hoping that we can swap out the rims on these cars for something a little more conventional and attractive, right?

Planning A Road Trip?

Here are a few things you need:

  • Some sweet jams
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Smart Phone With GPS
  • Snacks
  • A Travel Buddy (dogs work- sorry no cats)
  • A Sense Of Humor. No Road Trip Ever Goes According To Plan

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How Active Body Control from Mercedes-Benz Works

The Mercedes-Benz line is famous for the smooth ride that each of their models delivers. This secret has been explained in their most recent models with the Active Body Control system that uses hydraulic actuators to separate the movement of the wheels from the movement of the body of the car so that the impact of bumps on the cabin is absolutely minimal.

What is more exciting is the Magic Body Control that uses cameras to prep the hydraulics ahead of time for an even smoother ride. Mercedes is certainly cementing their role as the king of suspension.

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are notorious for their smooth ride quality. Bumps and ruts just don’t bother passengers in Mercedes vehicles like they do in other cars. How does Mercedes do it? Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is here to tell us.

In this video, Jason analyzes how two Mercedes suspension systems work. The base system is Active Body Control, and buyers can go one step further with Magic Body Control.

The key to both systems is the hydraulic dampers Mercedes uses.

These dampers have hydraulic actuators that react to bumps by making the damper assembly shorter and ruts by making it longer. That allows the tire and wheel to move without the body moving nearly as much. Continue Reading

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Submitting an Innovative Idea to Mercedes-Benz

So you think you’ve got a brand new idea that could revolutionize the Mercedes-Benz of your preference and you want them to include it in the next year lineup? Well, turns out auto company engineers are discouraged from speaking with private individuals due to a scandal involving a windshield wiper patent that many car companies plagiarized and eventually the owner of the design did successfully sue.

So what’s this mean about your new idea? Well it depends on if you want to make money off the idea or not. If you have a design or innovation so great that you think you could make a decent sum of cash off of it, then you’ll want to file a patent pending to own the idea before throwing it out to the engineers. So if you find that your idea has been stolen, you can then follow through with legal repercussions. If your idea is good enough and you have the available capital to have a startup, then you can market your product to be sold by part to auto-makers. If you don’t have the startup capital, then the easier method is to find a means to sell the patent to auto-makers who’d have an interest in your design.

However if you are an engineering philanthropist, then you can skip the legal troubles and self publish your designs on existing models of cars from various brands that you have an interest in. Then write a review about how much your new part has increased gas mileage in the new Mercedes engine or any other quality of life improvements your designs could add. Bonus points if you actually build and test the design and get real concrete data. Once you’ve done this you just need to share it on car discussion forums and by natural osmosis your ideas will make it to the engineers who could use or improve it.

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(Another) New Option for Buying a Car

The German auto titan has announced that they will be working with the makers of AutoGravity to simplify car shopping for their customers.

AutoGravity is an app which will allow users to shop by models and find where these cars are at local dealerships. To aid you with buying Mercedes parts, click here, and find everything in one place.

 

AutoGravity, a FinTech pioneer on a mission to transform car financing by harnessing the power of the smartphone, has partnered with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, bringing one of the leading captive lenders to the revolutionary auto financing app.

With Mercedes-Benz Financial Services fully integrated into the public beta release of the digital platform, car buyers using AutoGravity will experience a selection of loan and lease options when financing a new car on the AutoGravity iOS App, Android App or mobile-responsive Web App.

“AutoGravity was created to empower car buyers through their smartphones and give them access to a wide selection of auto finance options from the palm of their hands,” said Andy Hinrichs, founder and CEO of AutoGravity. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

Mercedes has revealed their show car, the Generation EQ, and it is an absolutely beautiful electric crossover SUV. Intended to have a range of 500 kilometers running off of two entirely electric motors, the Generation EQ looks like a dangerous foe for Tesla. Click here for your Mercedes electrical needs.

German luxury giant Mercedes-Benz unveiled a concept version of its first premium battery-electric vehicle in Paris this past week.

 

The “Generation EQ” is a battery-electric crossover SUV with two electric motors and a claimed range of “up to 500 kilometers.” Officially, for now, it’s a show car — but Mercedes confirmed that it’s “close” to a vehicle it intends to bring to market in the near future.

A futuristic take on Mercedes’ current styling

On the outside, the Generation EQ is Mercedes’ take on “an avant-garde, contemporary and distinctive electro-look,” according to design chief Gorden Wagener. The most striking design element is the blue lighting in its nose, which is incorporated in the vehicle’s interior as well. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Electric Cars More Affordable than Ever

The Mercedes B-Class has gone under the radar of most car connoisseurs but it certainly deserves more attention than it has gotten. It entered the market undercutting the similar model from BMW, the i3, and now it cuts the cost by another $2,000 to become a real bargain as far as luxury electrical cars are concerned.

For further savings on Mercedes, click here and experience the savings on your own Mercedes motors.

 

You may not have heard of it, but Mercedes-Benz currently produces an electric vehicle, the B-Class Electric Drive. It exists as a competitor to BMW’s i3, and it’s shaped more like a crossover than a car. Now, it’s even cheaper, undercutting the competition by a few thousand bucks.

The B-Class Electric Drive just dropped to $39,900. Previously, it came in at $41,450, just under the BMW i3’s starting price of $42,400. (These figures don’t account for federal or local incentives.) It’s nowhere near as popular as the i3, but this price drop could attract attention from folks interested in something a bit fancier than a Nissan Leaf. Continue Reading

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One Step Closer to Our Robot Overlords

The Auto-titan and tech startup have teamed up to deliver a concept van that they’ve called the Vision Van. The Vision Van combines self driving technology with completely electric motors and roof mounted delivery drones to guarantee a package could get to any location with 12 miles of a drivable road.

Click here and see where a new Mercedes engine could take you.

 

The latest company leaping into the delivery-by-drone business has long been known for performance vehicles of an entirely different sort.

Mercedes-Benz DAI, +1.74% on Wednesday revealed a concept car that can automatically deploy delivery drones, developed in partnership with drone-delivery startup Matternet, in which Mercedes announced what it labeled a multimillion-dollar investment. A Wall Street Journal report valued the investment at $562.7 million.

Called the Vision Van, the concept car itself, should it ultimately reach market, would require a human driver — but the vehicle’s drone is foreseen executing deliveries at the same time as the driver conducts others. It might also provide a measure of relief from such longstanding delivery impediments as dangerous and overcrowded roadways, though at least in the U.S., Federal Aviation Administration rules currently stipulate that drones cannot fly beyond an operator’s line of sight without a waiver. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion

New Degree Program for Autonomous Vehicles

Udacity has announced that it has opened the gates for applications to its new nanodegree program that is partnered with Mercedes Benz with the plans to start teaching mid-October and finish 9 months later with the first graduating class of self-driving auto engineer specialists.

While it may be daunting to learn the technical fields required to become a self-driving auto engineer, you can start learning more about your own Mercedes engine and how to improve it.

 

Online education company Udacity has formally launched a new nanodegree program today, one that’s aimed squarely at budding self-driving car engineers.

Founded in 2011, Udacity is one of a growing number of companies offering so-called massive open online courses (MOOCs) — courses open to an unlimited number of people on the web. It’s big business, which is why Udacity alone has managed to raise more than $160 million in VC funding, to date.

There are more than 11,000 people enrolled in Udacity’s nanodegree programs today, and in excess of four million people have enrolled in one of Udacity’s free courses. Continue Reading

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Wholly Self-Driving Cars Closer than You Think

The autonomous car concept has been a hot topic this year, as more and more people realize that it is something that could hit the market next year if manufacturers believe autonomous models will sale enough.

An interview with Joe Mosier from Adsit gave insight on the market outlining the various interest groups regarding autonomous cars and his personal experience with Mercedes “puritans” who are likely to never give up their control of the road.

 

When self-driving cars made waves several years ago, they seemed like a very far off type of fantasy.  Well, companies like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW and others have made quantum jumps in technology and safety towards the end goal of an autonomous vehicle.

Of course, we have all heard about the unfortunate accident that happened in a Tesla, which was the first recorded death in a vehicle of that kind.

Tesla and Elon Musk have long been tickling our fancies about what it would mean to have that much more free time during your daily commute or road trip. Sadly a DVD player was found in the deceased’s vehicle and a truck driver says he saw Harry Potter playing on the screen right before the accident. Continue Reading

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Benz Fans Like the Idea of Self-Driving Cars

The German auto maker has slowly rolled out more semi-autonomous features over the years getting their drivers accustomed to the advantages of automated systems as an aid to their driving experience, and polls show now that among all car owners, Mercedes owners are the ones most interested in purchasing fully automated vehicles

in the future. With the focus taken away from handling the driving aspects of the car, it can be expected in the near future that Mercedes owners will care more about lush interiors while they enjoy their fully automated experience.

 

If you drive a Mercedes-Benz or an Infiniti luxury vehicle, you’re probably more willing than most drivers to give up the wheel to a robot, according to a MaritzCX survey.

About 27 percent of owners of Daimler AG’s Mercedes and Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti say they are “very interested” in buying a fully self-driving auto when those become available, according to the software and research firm’s survey completed in August. Owners of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Jeep sport utility vehicles and Ram pickups were the least interested, MaritzCX said.

“The luxury-vehicle owners are more willing to accept this technology because they believe safety would be much better in these types of vehicles,” said Shawn St. Clair, the survey author and global syndication director at MaritzCX. Continue Reading

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Apple’s Attempt to Dominate Everything Finally Comes to an End

The tech giant Apple had been quietly working on what was known as Project Titan, their entry program to take the auto market by storm. But it seems the tech giant just didn’t have the powerful engine and drive and have laid off over 100 individuals working in their secret divisions working on the project.

It seems the project of a self driving electric car was too much for the inexperienced Apple, leaving this undertaking up to the old and new giants Mercedes and Tesla.

 

Apple’s plans to create an electric car with self-driving abilities were called into doubt after the company cut dozens of members of staff from its secret vehicle division. 

Code-named project Titan, Apple has plowed resources into a mysterious department looking at electric vehicles and self-driving car technology for at least two years to no avail, the New York Times reports.

Despite numerous high profile hires and Tim Cook’s suggestion that the car industry should expect “massive change”, Apple has closed sections of the project and laid off staff in a move that could signal it is abandoning plans to create its own car.  Continue Reading

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Ending the Eternal Search (for a Parking Space)

Mercedes has teamed up with Bosch to create technology where Mercedes cars will detect empty parking spaces while driving, and communicate this information to a network so that other Mercedes drivers will have live updates on parking spots saving them time and gas by removing the need to hunt for spots.

On the topic of saving gas, click here and tune up your fuel systems and increase your engine efficiency in your Mercedes.

 

Life is too short to lap massive parking lots looking for open spaces.

That’s why Mercedes-Benz, along with automotive supplier giant Bosch, announced last week that its cars would eventually be able to detect empty spaces and share the info with other Mercedes cars that are nearby, looking for empty spots. Testing is reportedly underway with new E-Class sedans.

According to Bloomberg, the technology could be ready as early as 2017 and would bring the automaker in line with others such as BMW that are giving drivers the option of locating—and paying for—empty parking spots. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Truly Interested in an Electric Future

It’s been no secret that Mercedes has been pushing into the electrical market, but new information from Automobilwoch has announced that the 4 already known electric models from Mercedes are just the start of it, and that Mercedes plans on pumping out at least 6 different models by 2018.

While the savings of electric cars is an alluring siren for gas gouged drivers, there is always the option to tune up your engine and exhaust for more efficient use of your gas.

 

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler is working on at least six new electric vehicles, as part of a big push to fight back against Tesla Motors and keep pace with Mercedes’ German luxury rivals, according to a new report.

Mercedes’s push into electric cars is bigger than previously reported

Citing unnamed industry sources, German automotive trade publication Automobilwoche reported on Saturday that “more than six” new battery-electric Mercedes-Benz models are planned, including SUVs and crossovers, sedans, and compact cars. 

There may be additional long-range compact electric cars under development for Daimler’s Smart brand, the report said. The new battery-operated Mercedes-Benz are expected to come to market starting in 2018. Continue Reading

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AMG Branding Coming to a GLC Near You

The GLC Class cars from Mercedes have always been a little half and half, with a comfortable classy sedan style fused with the utility of a SUV making them a nice balanced mix of Soccer Mom and Middle Class Bachelor. But Mercedes has sweetened the pot with the upcoming 2017 GLC by stamping on the AMG badge and throwing a powerful engine in making this versatile car able to pull 0-60 in 4.8 seconds.

Of course the mechanically savvy could always soup up their GLC with a new Mercedes Engine for a cheaper price than buying the newest model.

 

Addiction to half-coupe, half-SUV models is a very real thing. BMW first fell when it released the X6, a crossover very similar to the larger X5, but with a swoopier rear-end that, while attractive, cut into cargo space and headroom. Mercedes followed with the GLE and GLE Coupe. But BMW did it again with the smaller X3, creating the X4. And thus, Mercedes must do the same, releasing the GLC-Class Coupe.

The differences between the GLC-Class and the GLC-Class Coupe, the base model of which debuted at the New York International Auto Show, are largely cosmetic. Continue Reading

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Hypercar Has a Chance at Production

The question has yet to be answered, but we’re waiting until October where Mercedes is expected to speak further on the details of the R50. Until then we can only look and appreciate the sleek futuristic looks and expected 0-60 in 2 seconds and top speeds of 220 MPH.

It is expected that if reception is strong enough that this car could go into production for the few with disposable income enough to buy themselves a hypercar.

For those of us who can’t afford the newest toys trickling out on the market, we’ll just be tuning our same old Mercedes engines and building our own tricked out ride.
The luxury auto world has been buzzing about the upcoming Mercedes-AMG hypercar being developed to thrash the one in the works from Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.

According to Automobile magazine the project, known internally as R50, will be a cross between road-going supercar and a Le Mans endurance racing prototype. With a curb weight under 2,900 pounds it will be lighter – and therefore faster – than the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.

Power is expected to derive from either a road-converted version of the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid developed for Formula 1 (above), or AMG’s monster 2.0-liter turbo four, with output expected to top 1,000 hp either way. Continue Reading

 

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Benz Makes (Yet Another) Winner

It really seems like people can’t get enough of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. And who can blame them? Not only is the car a gorgeous piece of automotive design, it’s packed with some really impressive tech to help keep you safe on the road as well as an engine that apparently doesn’t feel like it’s a 4-cylinder.

All things considered, the E300 should be a very solid (and safe) sedan worth buying if you are in the market for something new.

If you’re like us, though, you are probably more interested in making your classic run like new with a Mercedes-Benz engine than trying to buy a whole new Benz altogether.

 

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 is a remarkably smooth, quick, comfortable and technologically sophisticated luxury car, but a tight backseat and a few bugs in its autonomous driving controls keep it from perfection.

Other midsize luxury sedans are less expensive than the Benz and many offer more standard equipment, but the E-Class has an advantage in quietness, materials quality and available safety technology. Its styling has been updated to match the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but that may serve only to make it blend into the background.

The E-Class sedan is the workhorse of the Mercedes-Benz luxury showroom. It serves as a personal luxury car, executive transport, taxi cab or high-powered performance machine, depending on where in the world you happen to be. I recently drove a 10th-generation E-Class, an E300, which features a host of new safety systems, a new powertrain, new styling inside and out, and a new level of autonomous driving technology that’s sure to open some eyes. Continue Reading

Drone-Launching Benz Vans Incoming

Regardless of whatever your opinion might be on Mercedes-Benz vans (or vans in general), the automaker has teamed up with the new tech company Matternet to design a van that you’re going to have a hard time not thinking is cool. The concept van is packed with drones that are practically fully automated. The delivery driver won’t even have to load them or change out the batteries.

What’s really cool about this van (called the “Vision Van” right now – here’s hoping that changes, eh?) and its flying delivery army is that they can be used pretty much right away… as long as the delivery area’s local regulations allow for automated drone flying, that is.

Even with most of us seeing Benz as a luxury or sporty vehicle manufacturer, the move to build these vans wouldn’t really be out of place. They actually sell a ton of their work-centric vans, and the figures are pretty surprising. In fact, in 2015 alone they ended up selling over 300,000 of their various models.

Though you might not be able to integrate something as science-fictiony as an automated drone delivery service right now, there are still some very impressive Mercedes-Benz accessories worth checking out in the meantime.

 

Mercedes-Benz Vans and drone tech startup Matternet have created a concept car, or as they’re calling it a Vision Van, that could change the way small packages are delivered across short distances.

The Vision Van’s rooftop serves as a launch and landing pad for Matternet’s new, Matternet M2 drones.

The Matternet M2 drones, which are autonomous, can pick up and carry a package of 4.4 pounds across 12 miles of sky on a single battery charge in real world conditions. Continue Reading

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