• Oct 19th 2010 at 8:31AM
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Mercedes has expanded the capabilities its media Interface and they're accessible thanks to a new plug-and-play cable. Called Media Interface Plus and compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 and a variety of BlackBerry devices, the additional connectivity includes the integration of Pandora via an iPhone cable or through Bluetooth streaming with the BlackBerry. You can also download your phone book, and if you're stationary, you can play any other audio and video from your iPhone on the console display. The $289 cable will work in any M-B that has the Media Interface. Follow the jump for all the info.

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In-Vehicle Connectivity Takes a Step Forward With Introduction of 'Media Interface Plus' On Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

New Vehicle Accessory Brings Pandora Smartphone Application and Wireless Music Streaming

MONTVALE, NJ and PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today announced the availability of the Media Interface Plus (MIP), an innovative new vehicle accessory which enables drivers to retrofit their Mercedes-Benz to play and control Pandora (the leading personalized radio application) as well as other streaming audio content from their Smartphone, using the vehicle's premium audio system.

Media Interface Plus expands the basic functions of the vehicle's Media Interface (standard or optional depending on model), enhancing in-vehicle connectivity. A plug-and-play device, MIP seamlessly integrates with the Mercedes-Benz mbrace suite of services and Smartphone apps. It requires no installation: customers simply connect MIP to the existing Media Interface outlet (in the glove compartment or center armrest) and enjoy an unprecedented range of new features using the existing intuitive user interface.

"Media Interface Plus is an exciting extension of our commitment to provide cutting-edge, versatile entertainment solutions for Mercedes-Benz vehicles," said Christian Treiber, general manager of after-sales business development for MBUSA. "We were the first vehicle manufacturer to fully integrate the iPod and launch mbrace Smartphone apps that control vehicle functions from the iPhone and BlackBerry and extended Mercedes-Benz Concierge beyond the vehicle. We are always looking to push the boundary of in-vehicle connectivity to keep pace with our customers' lifestyles and expectations."

The MIP provides an easy-to-use interface with the Pandora application running on any iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPhone 4. For BlackBerry devices, the MIP enables Bluetooth wireless audio streaming of Pandora as well as simple control of the currently playing track. A Bluetooth wireless link is also used to stream and control audio tracks from iPod, iPhone or any other consumer electronics devices supporting Bluetooth audio streaming.

The result is seamless integration of outstanding sound quality, the ability to charge an iPod or iPhone, and the convenience of using familiar interfaces to access the new features it offers through radio and steering wheel controls for music playback.

Additionally, when connected using a special video cable, the Media Interface Plus enables customers to play iPod or iPhone video content on the vehicle display when the vehicle is at a standstill.

The Media Interface Plus was developed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) in Palo Alto, California, the heart of the Silicon Valley. Johann Jungwirth, president & CEO, MBRDNA commented, "Once again Mercedes-Benz demonstrates its technological leadership with this product as first-to-market integration of Pandora Internet Radio by an automotive OEM. We continue to embrace trends and drive innovations which enable our customers to wirelessly access additional mobile applications and stream preferred content into Mercedes-Benz vehicles in an intuitive and easy manner with future upgrades and next generation products."

The Media Interface Plus is an original Mercedes-Benz Accessory and is now available for purchase for a one-time cost of $298 at Mercedes-Benz authorized dealers.

About Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) headquartered in Palo Alto, California, was founded in 1995, to focus on research, advanced engineering, product development and testing, as well as new advanced design concepts. Innovations include the integration of the iPod and iPhone into Mercedes-Benz models. As well as the "Search and Send" feature, which is an easy and convenient way to plan your trip destinations with Google Maps and send them to the vehicle equipped with mbrace. One of its most recent product innovations is the smart drive app for the iPhone. The company continues to deliver the innovation that extends the technological leadership of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com.

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      I really don't get it - one of the great benefits of Pandora is you select a station and from what I've experienced it does a pretty good job of playing similar music. Meaning if I get in the car and I'm looking for a dose of bootin' shaking club music I'll play Usher Radio Station...but I doubt mid drive I'll be looking to quickly go to a different station. Even if I want to change the station being able to do it from the steering wheels vs reaching to the phone (if stopped of course) isn't a huge impediment.

      As for audio - I get pretty decent sound from just a 5/8 auxiliary jack which costs all of $2.50 from Radio Shack.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a 15 minute drive to work, and I jockey with my Pandora feed several times, either to skip a song, to change the channel, or to thumbs-up a song. I'm hoping that when I replace the stock stereo in my Mustang with a Pioneer double-din DVD receiver later this year, that I'm able to hook my Blackberry (or future Android phone) via Bluetooth, and control Pandora from the touchscreen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Android is mounted so the screen is where a typical navigation screen would be. Its pretty easy to just tap the buttons from that mount. I feel like phones are getting better and better in quality, speed and touch response. With that being said, I'm content with a nice audio connection to my car. No need to have a secondary screen in the car.

      • 4 Years Ago
      This is excellent news.

      The bad news is the CRTC in Canada = @#$%@ and Pandora is banned in Canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only a car company would figure out how to offer a cable for $289...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they say which vehicles this will work on? My wife has a 2007 C280 4Matic, but I have no idea what the requirements are for this to work. She doesn't have navigation, but does have a cd-changer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And so begins the demise of Satellite Radio...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right about that. Everyone I know that has satellite radio either has it because it's free with their car for a year, or they don't know that Pandora kicks satellite to the curb!

        I was just having this conversation with a coworker. I used to have Sirius, then I canceled that because it sucked. I went to XM, but just didn't like the station mix. I canceled that, and now I just use Pandora or Slacker over my Blackberry. Honestly, the only good thing about satellite is that you can get NFL or MLB anywhere in the country.
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