Published: November 10, 2014 | Germany
Mercedes-Benz has just revealed that its 2015 offering will pack some smartphone connectivity that attempts to make urban life on four wheels more pleasant. A new app, named Cross Connect, gives owners of the new Smart ForTwo – and the four-door ForFour model – access to a number of smartphone features on the move. Smart parking is among the features which now offer a more user-friendly design and incorporate new functions: the smart driver is not only able to save a parking facility but can also recommend it to the community, rate it and upload pictures.
Owners simply download the app to their Android or iOS devices, attach it to the adjustable cradle and sync to the built-in audio system. Once Cross Connect is fired up, drivers simply swipe to the community menu and let the app discover the closest available parking spaces, many of which are only suitable for the miniscule dimensions of the Smart car.
Some of the important features of the app are as follows:
Community: with smart parking insider tips can be shared with friends. Not only can smart drivers save parking facilities, they can also rate them and pass information onto friends. Photos of the parking space can also be uploaded. A further sub-function in this menu: Glympse can be used to share the current location with friends with just a few operating steps
Driving score: around 180 facts and figures are automatically transferred from the smart to the smartphone. They provide information about the driver’s mobility behaviour in an entertaining way. Efficient driving is rewarded in the “driving score”.
Navigation: smart cross connect enables maps to be downloaded to the smartphone’s storage medium. A further important function is the search for Points of Interest such as restaurants or filling stations
Music: an important new feature is control of the radio via a smartphone. AUPEO! personal radio offers free online music and concentrates on the recommendation of new songs and artists. Smart drivers can access the music stored on their smartphones
The Smart-owning community can also upload suitable spaces with ease by snapping an image of said spot and registering the GPS co-ordinates with a click of a button. Smart’s infotainment designers claim the community will help create a detailed database of Smart-sized parking spaces, some of which will be free of charge, across the world.
Naturally, there’s a team of people sat in an office somewhere checking that miscreants aren’t uploading images of discarded crisp packets and claiming they are suitable for housing a Smart car. But once the sport is verified, owners can locate the nearest space and have the navigation system direct to the destination with the minimum of fuss.
Source: Stuff TV