Infotainment: "Always on" and sophisticated sound systems: Let the music play

Feb 27, 2016
Thanks to Mercedes me connect, the new SL is intelligently networked. The atmosphere is like that of a concert hall, even when the roof is open, thanks to the Frontbass system, which had its world premiere in the SL in 2012.
The new SL is intelligently networked and "always on". This is ensured thanks to the standard-fit communications module (on-board SIM card) which enables the use of Mercedes me connect services. The available Standard Services currently include Accident Recovery, Breakdown Management and Maintenance Management, as well as Telediagnostics, for example.
Also available as standard is the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system. In an accident this service automatically connects the occupants with the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre and sends the position and status of the vehicle to the rescue operations centre. A rescue vehicle can then be dispatched immediately. The system works automatically, but can also be triggered manually.
The optional Remote Online feature provides the technical basis for the SL to use Remote Services. For example, navigation destinations can be sent to the vehicle from a computer or smartphone. Geofencing, Vehicle Tracker and Parked Vehicle Locator, Remote Door Locking and Unlocking or Remote Retrieval of Vehicle Status – these are additional Remote Services and Tracking Services that can currently be activated separately from Daimler AG for three years on the basis of this technical preparation.
With the Smartphone Integration package, compatible smartphones can be integrated into the vehicle via Apple® CarPlay® and used via voice-operated control for example. In addition, the other vehicle controls can also be used for this. Safe and comfortable use on the road is always ensured.
In the case of Apple® CarPlay® for example, the system supports making and receiving calls, navigation and listening to music, receiving and sending text messages and emails as well as Siri ® voice control. The selected apps from third-party providers that are also supported include Stitcher Radio® and Spotify®.
The functionality of COMAND Online (optional extra on the SL 400) now includes Live Traffic Information, for example. The latter service uses real-time traffic data for dynamic route guidance with more accurate arrival times. Internet radio is standard for all SL models.
The atmosphere is like that of a concert hall, even when the roof is open, thanks to the Frontbass system, which had its world premiere in the SL in 2012. It takes up less installation space in the doors by making use of the aluminium cavities in front of the footwell as resonating chambers for the bass speakers.
The optional Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system has a 10-channel DSP amplifier with a total output of 600 watts and 11 high-performance speakers including Frontbass.
An even more sophisticated sound is produced by the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system. It uses a 16-channel DSP amplifier with a total output of 900 watts in conjunction with 12 high-performance speakers including Frontbass. Its twin-lens tweeters provide a futuristic show effect with LED light strips - adapted to instrument lighting. The B&O-specific COMAND Menu True Image™ enables individual special settings to be made.