Details of the new (facelift) C-Class have been released online and Mercedes is set to launch a new telematics platform ‘Comand Online’ on this model. This system will be rolled out to other models in the future.
For the first time, Mercedes will offer internet access via the Comand infotainment system. According to an article in AutomobilWoche.de, Mercedes will not use a built-in SIM card like BMW, but instead rely on Terminal Mode for this. Terminal Mode duplicates the smartphone screen on the in-car display and controlled via the vehicle HMI.
Note: Only Nokia has so-far announced to pre-load Terminal Mode on smartphones from 2011.
When the car is stationary, customers are able to browse freely or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service whose pages load particularly rapidly and are also easy to use while on the move. The integrated services include weather information and a special destination search via Google, as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google Maps and sent to the car.
The navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions. New features include a 3D display with plastic city views. Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them a particularly economical variation.
As a first in the C-Class, the Becker MAP PILOT makes a low-cost navigation function, which can also be retrofitted, available for the entry-level Audio 20 CD radio. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the central controls and the Audio 20 display, a concealed location in the glove compartment and updating via an internet portal.
Finally, the same AutomobilWoche article also states that Mercedes will run its own server as a gateway for online services such as weather and Google POI search.
The new C-Class will make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show and is set to go on sale on the 28th of March 2011.