Your Google Glass Will Integrate With Your Next Mercedes-Benz

Engineers at Mercedes-Benz say they are testing Google Glass-based navigation systems that would give drivers directions, even after they park.

Let's say it once and for all: Wearing Google Glass makes people look ridiculous. With that said, it's becoming apparent there are uses for the device—and cars might be the biggest use case study of all.

Mercedes-Benz just went public with its initial plans for Google Glass integration, and the results are fascinating. Using Glass's built-in GPS capabilities, Mercedes is testing a functional door-to-door direction system that guides users to their destinations even after they park the car.

At a recent press event, Johann Jungwirth of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America demonstrated a few camera-ready Google Glass projects. According to Silicon Valley Business Journal's Lauren Hepler, Mercedes is working on "seamless" door-to-door transitions between pedestrian directions and in-car GPS systems via Glass headsets. Engineers at the automotive giant are still working on the project, which does not yet have a release date. Damon Lavrinc at Wired also notes the company's R&D labs have access to multiple Google Glass headsets.

Also of interest from Mercedes: The company is working on a cloud computing platform to offer in-car infotainment services through iOS and Android. So those 2015 and 2016 luxury cars might get pretty interesting.

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

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  • MikeO3

    More driver distrations... Navigation is one thing but what's to stop the driver from doing a Google search or watching YouTube?

    I guess if you can afford a MB you can probably afford the GG & the data charges! :)

  • King_Oberon

    The only reason google glass looks ridiculous is because no one is using it and there is no real reason to do so at the moment. I'm sure a regular pair of glasses / monocle looked ridiculous the first time someone wore it.