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20 years ago, some clever Kraut at Mercedes-Benz wagered that the future of not only technology but also of automobiles would be shaped in Silicon Valley. Accordingly, Mercedes was the first global automaker to open its own research facility in the “home of innovation.”

It’s taken two decades, but Mercedes is finally starting to show some results from its years of tech toil – tangible ones, at least. The new Pebble Technology smartwatch that runs the Mercedes Digital DriveStyle app is the perfect example.

Now partnered with Pebble Technology, Mercedes has reworked its Digital DriveStyle app to seamlessly integrate with the Pebble smartwatch, which will be on display at CES 2014.

Mercedes owners sporting the Pebble smartwatch will be able to interact with their car, both while behind the wheel and also from afar. According to Mercedes, the Pebble smartwatch effectively acts as a remote screen for your smartphone.

From behind the wheel, drivers can use the watch to stay up-to-date on accidents, road construction, or stalled vehicles. One of three customizable watch buttons allows users to also access roadway hazard alerts, auto-routing, Siri activation, remote-controlling media, or nearby traffic conditions.

When away from the car, the Pebble smartwatch can also be used to access vehicle information like fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location.

At first glance, this seems really, really cool. If you pause for a second, though, and think about it, you’ll quickly realize that there’s nothing that this watch does that A.) Your car can’t already do on its own. And B.) Your smartphone can’t also already do.

Are you really going to look at your watch for traffic alerts when your Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment unit right in front of you is giving you the same information? No.

To that end, do you need to know your car’s fuel level from far away? If you do, will you ever need to know so urgently that pulling your smartphone from your pocket takes too long? Again, no.

We’ll be on the floor of CES 2014 and we’ll give the watch a go. Hopefully for Mercedes and Pebble Technology’s sake, it’ll have more features to wow us. For now, though, we’re nonplused.

Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz is a German automobile manufacturer, a multinational division of the German manufacturer Daimler AG. The brand is used for luxury automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. Mercedes-Benz is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The name first appeared in 1926 under Daimler-Benz but traces its origins to Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's 1901 Mercedes and to Karl Benz's 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, which is widely regarded as the first automobile. Mercedes-Benz's slogan is "Das Beste oder nichts" (English: "The best or nothing"). Mercedes-Benz is part of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers, along with Audi and BMW, which are among the best selling luxury automakers in the world.

Mercedes-Benz traces its origins to Karl Benz's creation of the first petrol-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, financed by Bertha Benz and patented in January 1886, and Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm Maybach's conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a petrol engine later that year. The Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz's and Gottlieb Daimler's companies into the Daimler-Benz company. Throughout the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz produced the 770 model, a car that was popular during Germany's Nazi period. Adolf Hitler was known to have driven these cars during his time in power, with bulletproof windshields. Most of the surviving models have been sold at auctions to private buyers. One of them is currently on display at the War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. Mercedes-Benz has introduced many technological and safety innovations that later became common in other vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is one of the best known and established automotive brands in the world, and is also one of the world's oldest automotive brand still in existence today, having produced the first petrol-powered car. For information relating to the famous three-pointed star, see under the title Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft including the merger into Daimler-Benz.


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