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Mercedes Teams Up With Pebble Smartwatch To Create A Fleet Of Connected Cars

Automotive manufacturers are starting to utilize wearable technology in their vehicles.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on January 2, 2014. @greenidealism

Ahead of CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week, Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Pebble Technology to create an interconnected vehicle that can provide enhanced vehicle diagnostic awareness and multi-sensory notifications. This partnership will give the company access to the latest hardware and APIs offered by the Silicon Valley-based company allowing them to develop innovative apps of their own over time.

At its CES booth, Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate how an intelligently networked vehicle can benefit the customer, as well as how it becomes a part of the “internet of things.” Developers at Mercedes have also reinvented the Digital DriveStyle app so that it can communicate with Pebble Smartwatches to access information about fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location.

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The Pebble Smartwatch will act as a real-time data center that alerts drivers about hazards such as accidents and road reconstruction using vibrations. What’s more, users who connect their Pebble Smartwatch via bluetooth can customize the three watch buttons to activate Digital DriveStyle features such as auto-routing, siri activation, remote-controlled media, and traffic updates.

Mercedes-Benz / Pebble Technology

Source, images: AutoBlog

 

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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