Even Mercedes-Benz at times realizes that there are other companies with greater expertise in subjects than itself, such as with navigation systems. That’s why it’s partnering with Garmin to roll out its next-generation navigation system over the next four years across the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
“Being selected by Daimler as their global tier-one navigation solution partner is a testament to Garmin’s growing capability and exceptional product quality in the auto OEM (original equipment manufacturer) space,” said Garmin managing director of OEM navigation systems, Matt Munn, in a statement. “We are honored by Daimler’s confidence in Garmin and we look forward to working with them to deliver an exceptional navigation experience for the world’s most discerning drivers.”
The Garmin system will integrate seamlessly into Mercedes-Benz’s Mbrace and COMAND infotainment units, and it will be able to operate via voice commands and have advanced functions beyond simple map reading. Garmin’s technology will be rolled out across the world.
Already award-winning in its user interface, Garmin has been a big reason why we like Chrysler’s Uconnect’s navigation so much. The Garmin interface is used in some of the newer versions, and while it doesn’t always look like it matches the rest of the font and graphics of the car, it is among the easiest to use and clearest navigation systems available.
Throughout Mercedes’ current offerings, the navigation systems are controlled via a scroll wheel on a small screen. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will feature two 12.3-inch screens, which we assume at least one of which will be a touchscreen. If nothing else, that should allow for Garmin’s designers to go to town with sprucing up the system’s looks for long lineup of high-end models.