Mercedes-Benz Hits The Road With Google Maps APIBy: Drew Bowling - April 10, 2012
Mercedes-Benz is steadily becoming what some might consider the iCar. First, the car company debuted its first smart car at CES 2012. Then, Mercedes-Benz announced that Apple’s Siri would be included in its A-Class line of vehicles, plus it has some kind of Facebook and Twitter access built into the dashboard. Now, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, have used Google Maps API to create a series of interactive maps accessible from the car’s dashboard.
From the Lat Long Blog:
In addition to being able to perform Google Maps searches from the convenience of your car console, you’ll have access to several overlays developed with Google Maps API. One of the more useful maps you’ll find is a low light map that’ll make it easier for the eyes to read without making your pupils dilate too much as you switch from the road to the map.
If you’re driving into parts unknown, drivers will also be able to view the destination with its environs via Google Street View.
Then again, with all of these features, if you’re driving maybe you should, y’know, drive and let your passenger navigate through the Google Maps menu.