When it comes to new social media platforms, some automakers jumped on the bandwagon earlier than others. The same could be said of smartphone apps, and if you go back early enough, even websites. But what's certain by now is that these technologies are here to stay – it's only a matter of which is the next big trend. And for many, that's Google Glass.

The cutting-edge device, still in development, could emerge as the ultimate augmented reality experience. And while it's currently limited to a select few developers and early adopters, Mercedes-Benz is betting it will catch on once it hits the market.

That's why the German automaker is developing one of the first automotive apps for Google Glass. We heard rumors that Mercedes was considering such an initiative, but Automotive News has got a few more details to share now that development is moving forward. One of the functions is to continue navigation once out of the car: program in your destination in Google Glass and it'll guide you to where you parked. Get into the car and the in-dash nav system will direct you to where you're going. Park the car and Google Glass takes over again, ushering you from your parking spot to the location itself.

Of course that's just one of the many applications Mercedes is reportedly examining for the technology, with others potentially to include infotainment integration. And you can bet others will soon be following Benz's lead – or already have and simply haven't announced yet.


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      r_campbell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just don't drive your new Mercedes in California! http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/30/driver-picks-up-ticket-for-wearing-google-glass-at-the-wheel/
        Andrew Berardinelli
        • 1 Year Ago
        @r_campbell
        What a dilemma. Merc may create something that might work well, but won't be legal because it may cause yet another distraction in the car.
      Mike Hunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      All that money and they can't spell COMMAND, correctly?
        Justin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        Most likely for copyright and SEO purposes.
        Plantman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        Mercedes calls it COMAND. It stands for Cockpit Management and Data System. Look it up on Wikipedia.
      macutty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats with these new Merc screens they seem to just be gluing on to the dash? It really does make it look like you took your new luxo cruiser down to bestbuy and tacked on a $50 Garmin. Cheesy