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BMW may have been first out of the blocks when it came to launching an Apple Watch app, but it seem that Merc may have outflanked its German rival with its new MB Companion App.
The MB Companion App allows Mercedes-Benz costumers to search for directions on the Apple Watch or on iPhone initiating a complete door-to-door experience.
That means that as soon as you’ve gotten out of your car, your watch or iPhone will take over, giving you walking directions to your final destination. And if you’re the kind of person who regularly forgets where they’ve parked, you’ll be happy to know that you can also get directions back to your car.
According to the German luxury car maker, the destination that the driver selects on Apple Watch is passed to Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online once the driver starts the vehicle. They then receive what Merc claims are safe and non-distracting driving directions to their selected destination from Mercedes-Benz navigation.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and S-Class vehicles equipped with COMAND Online will be able to work with the MB Companion App as of the third quarter of this year. Further models, Merc says, will follow soon. By then, the MB Companion App will also enable drivers to find vehicle information such as Fuel Level, Range, Maintenance Code, and Odometer Readings on Apple Watch.
The app comes courtesy of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz’ Silicon Valley-based Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) and Daimler development experts from Sindelfingen.