The App allows Mercedes-Benz costumers to search for directions on the Apple Watch or on iPhone initiating a complete door-to-door experience. A seamless integration unfolds: giving walking directions to the car on the Apple Watch, driving directions on the vehicle navigation system and again walking directions on the wrist watch (as long as it is from Apple) from the car to the final destination.
The destination that the driver selects on Apple Watch is passed to Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online infotainment system as soon as the driver starts the vehicle. He then receives driving directions to his selected destination from Mercedes-Benz navigation; the company said it applies the rules for non-distracting applications. When the driver parks and leaves his car, Apple Watch gives him walking directions to the final destination making it the perfect guide for “Last Mile Navigation”.
Daimler C-Class and S-Class vehicles equipped with the COMAND Online system will be able to work with the MB Companion App as of fall this year. Further models will follow soon. By then, the MB Companion App will also enable drivers to find vehicle information such as fuel level, driving range, maintenance code, and odometer readings on his Apple Watch.
For the development of the app, Daimler’s silicon valley based tech centre Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) collaborated with Daimler development experts from Sindelfingen, the company said.