Mercedes-Benz will be the first automaker to offer car-to-car communication technology, a system which allows vehicles to communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure. The system will hit the market by the end of this year.
Mercedes Benz Car-to-car communication expands the telematic horizonSet to launch later this year, the Mercedes-Benz car-to-car communication technology is another form of enhanced safety and convenience feature from the manufacturer. According to Mercedes, this system will also enable drivers to receive early notifications about potential dangers so they can take appropriate actions and avoid critical situations.
“With the introduction of Car-to-X technology, we are once again reaffirming our tradition as a safety pioneer, and demonstrating that we are continuing to bring innovations to the roads with benefit for both our customers, and also other road users,” said Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
For example if an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind. With car-to-car communication, an alert will be sent to your vehicle before you see or hear that emergency vehicle. Even things like wrong-way drivers or dangerous weather conditions will be transmitted to drivers through their car communication systems.
In addition to enhancing safety and convenience, Car-to-X technology can also contribute to making mobility more efficient by using the highly precise information on traffic conditions available via Car-to-X communication. For example, to improve the flow of traffic by controlling traffic light signals.
Furthermore, Car-to-car communication technology is able to significantly expand the scope of existing vehicle sensors, such as radar or camera systems. It enables motorists to see around corners or beyond obstacles, thereby helping to reduce the blind spots from which existing sensor systems suffer.
Through the integration of Car-to-X technology in the Drive Kit Plus and the Digital DriveStyle app, Mercedes Benz is set to create ideal conditions to enable many of their customers to benefit from Car-to-car communication technology, since the technology is to be retrofitted in many Mercedes-Benz vehicles.