Mercedes-Benz and the folks at Pebble have forged a strategic partnership to develop a series of applications for the smart watch that can be used to unlock some interested features for the connected card, also act as a second screen for your smartphone.
Mercedes announced that it will release an updated version of its Digital DriveStyle app in order to allow it to communicate with the Pebble smart watch, and will demonstrate how this technology works next month at the Consumers Electronic Show 2014.
Pebble’s smart watch acts as a “second screen” for your smartphone. This revolutionary wearable device unlocks some interesting features for the connected car. For example, when away from their vehicle, Mercedes-Benz drivers can review important vehicle information at a glance like fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location using their Pebble smart watch, even when they are outside the vehicle. When hopping into their car, the companion Pebble smart watch app magically transforms, alerting its driver to real-time hazards through V2V technology like accidents, road construction, or stalled vehicles by vibrating the watch. On top of this, users pairing their Pebble smart watch can customize the three watch buttons to activate their favourite Digital DriveStyle features like reporting hazards, auto-routing, Siri activation, remote-controlling media, or quickly showing nearby traffic conditions.
Under the agreement, Mercedes-Benz will also get early access to the new hardware and early releases of application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by Pebble, in order to “develop innovative integrated applications that pave the way for the future of in-vehicle use cases.”
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