Update your status, find friends, browse restaurant reviews, and run a web search all from the comfort of the front seat.
Never mind GPS navigation. The latest feature in luxury driving is about to enable you to see where your friends are and what they’re doing. Facebook, Yelp and Google are coming to your Mercedes Benz, in a specially designed manner that will simplify the features to maintain road safety. The social media network will be part of the ‘mbrace 2 telematics system,’ running on a high-resolution screen on the 2013 SL-Class Mercedes–among other models–for next year.
While Google and Yelp on your dashboard make more obvious sense — practical advice such as which hotels or restaurants are best, or quick searching for an answer on the web will be incredibly useful for drivers, and the ultimate tool for a roadtrip — but should driving be social? Will Facebook be a distraction from the road? Ultimately, the new initiative seems to point toward Facebook’s larger attempt to expand its presence beyond tablets, smartphones, and computers, into new environments thus making itself truly ubiquitous in daily life.