- A new Mercedes-Benz wristwatch links the driver to the car and provides vehicle information.
- The smart watch can warn of real-time road hazards and tell the driver where the vehicle is located.
- The device will be shown at the 2014 International CES.
STUTTGART, Germany — A new Mercedes-Benz wristwatch links the driver to the car and provides vehicle information. It will be shown at the 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show).
No word yet on when the watch will be available to customers or what it will cost. But it previews a world in which the driver is connected to the car in ways that were unimaginable in the past.
The watch "will demonstrate how an intelligently networked vehicle becomes a part of the 'Internet of things' and what benefits this can have for the customer," said the automaker in a statement.
The watch was developed with Silicon Valley-based Pebble Technology.
The driver can access such information as fuel level, door-lock status and vehicle location when using the smart watch. Once inside the car, the watch conveys such information as accidents, road construction or stalled vehicles by vibrating.
The driver can customize three buttons on the watch to activate Digital DriveStyle app features including hazard reporting, auto-routing, Siri activation and traffic conditions.
"This revolutionary wearable device unlocks some interesting features for the connected car," the automaker said.
Edmunds says: Better than a Rolex for buyers who want to be connected to their cars at all times.