Mercedes-Benz will show at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas how an intelligently networked vehicle becomes part of the internet of things.
In the runup to the huge consumer electronics show, the German premium car maker signed an agreement with Pebble Technology to develop new integrated applications for its cars. Pebble is a Silicon-Valley startup that makes a smart watch that talks to your mobile phone.
For the CES, Mercedes has redeveloped its Digital DriveStyle app so it can communicate with Pebble smart watches. With just a quick glance at the device, a driver can, for example, check fuel level, door lock status and vehicle location while away from his car.
In the car, the Mercedes app will then transform the Pebble watch into an additional driver-assistance tool, which can use vehicle-to-vehicle communication to signal road hazards. The watch can do so by vibrating.
Mercedes is one of several major automakers that will have a stand at this year’s CES. The exhibition officially starts Tuesday, January 7.