Telematics: A feast for the senses

Jun 28, 2014
In future, a completely new multimedia generation will offer intuitive operation in the new CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake, featuring animations and visual effects which present all functions in a clear manner.
A choice of infotainment system is available in conjunction with the new, free-standing display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8"):
  • Audio 20 CD
  • COMAND Online
Internet and diverse data sources already available in the basic version
Both variants of the infotainment system are capable of connecting to the internet with a Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone with mobile telephony card and data option. This enables the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook can be used while on the move in conjunction with COMAND Online.
Audio and video playback is possible from various sources, for example via Bluetooth®, from an Apple iPod® or iPhone®, from an SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
Audio 20 CD
The CLS-Class comes with the Audio 20 CD system as standard. Its comprehensive features include a radio with twin tuner and traffic information decoder (TP/TA), two USB ports for external audio and video devices and a CD drive (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV-capable). In addition, it is equipped with an SD card slot for the Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system if the Audio 20 CD was ordered with pre-installation. Digital radio (DAB) for the DAB, DMB and DAB+ standards is optionally available.
Top-of-the-line COMAND Online is additionally equipped with a Bluetooth® interface that allows the use of text and email write and read functions, as well as Bluetooth® audio streaming for music playback. A CD/DVD drive and a slot for SDHC memory cards are likewise integrated. Cover Flow display, song tagging and the "play more like this” function are available.
COMAND Online also offers the option of playing videos from DVDs and has a picture viewer for photos from SD cards or USB mass storage devices. Optionally Mercedes-Benz equips the COMAND Online system with a six-disc DVD changer and TV receiver for digital TV reception with support for multichannel sound, EPG (electronic programme guide) and video text.
Modern-style navigation
The Audio 20 CD can optionally be supplemented with the user-friendly Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system. Its merits include accurate map data and excellent route guidance. The navigation software and map data are stored on an SD card, which is simply inserted in the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD with pre-installation.
The large screen above the centre console displays the maps in high resolution and in colour with the Garmin® look and feel. Additional navigation instructions are displayed in the instrument cluster. 3D views with exact representation of streets and buildings and photo-realistic Cross-Traffic and Lane Assistants make orientation easier. Software and maps can be updated easily via the internet.
Hard-disc navigation and more with COMAND Online
COMAND Online with its own fast 3D hard-disc navigation, topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations as well as display of NASA satellite images makes for a sensory experience. The system presents its contents interactively and its features include an animated compass and Google Maps displayed on the head unit. The navigation system is also able to provide real-time information about the situation on the roads when COMAND Online receives traffic data via the internet by means of the Live Traffic Information service. Unlike the previous data sources TMC and TMCpro, whose data are received by radio, Live Traffic Information uses a fast internet connection and is therefore particularly up-to-date.
The scope of functions also includes lane recommendations, following predefined routes and the calculation of four alternative routes.
New technologies: wide band speech and LTE on the way
The Audio 20 CD system and COMAND Online both come as standard with basic telephony, which connects the mobile phone with the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface. With the next generation CLS-Class it is also possible to use new wide band speech technology, commonly referred to as HD Voice, via Bluetooth® on the latest mobile phones. In good conditions this can be transmitted at a frequency range of 50 to 7000 Hertz, whereas the standard up to now has been only a frequency range of 200 to 3400 Hertz (the human speech spectrum ranges from 50 to around 12,000 Hertz). By making the most of twice the frequency spectrum telephone calls are considerably easier to understand, especially in environments like a vehicle where background noise is prevalent.
Mercedes-Benz is also introducing the modern LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile communications standard in the next-generation CLS-Class in conjunction with optional convenience telephony. This fourth-generation wireless communication standard makes it possible for compatible smartphones and tablets to attain a download speed of up to 300 megabits per second and an upload speed of up to 75 megabits per second, regardless of location, with wireless broadband internet access. With low delay times of less than 5 ms, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), video chat, HD (High Definition) radio, mobile TV, HD TV content, DVB and normal telephone calls are all possible. LTE is future-proof because it uses internet protocol (IP) technology.
Digital Owner's Manual with intuitive search function
The ever increasing scope of in particular the vehicle electronics necessitates voluminous operating instructions. To make their use easier, Mercedes-Benz is equipping the CLS-Class for the first time with a Digital Owner's Manual – complemented by a printed version for the most important problem solutions such as in the case of a breakdown.
The benefits of the Digital Owner's Manual are that it can be called up on the new, free-standing 20.3 cm display and is thus always close at hand for the driver. A text search function or a virtual representation of the vehicle help find required information quickly and easily. Let's not forget: instead of 450 or more pages, now only about 100 printed pages have to be enclosed. This saves about half a kilogram in weight.