2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Caught Naked

Which automobile first featured the 3-point safety belt? How about the first vehicle to feature electronic stability control and traction control? What about the first vehicle to feature pre-collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control? If you answered the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you would be correct.

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For 2014, Mercedes is bringing the next-generation S-Class to market. It will be the talk of the automotive press due to the newest technologies featured on-board. For the GottaBeMobile reader, the interior technology will definitely be of interest.

The new S-Class will likely feature a cloud based version of its in-vehicle infotainment system, mBrace2, that has Google Maps integration. Also, the system will feature location-based tools, such as locating your friends. Conceivably, the system could also check you in to a location, access Google Now services and even provide an interface for Google Glass. The German manufacturers were the first to adopt Google through a dedicated, cellular-based connection in the car, and that type of integration is a natural progression. Much like how Siri and S Voice Drive helps make the drive safer, a factory-based implementation of Glass or Now could potentially provide the Holy Grail of vehicle integration. Providing blind-spot information or parking assist information in Glass would be a safety feature that Mercedes would definitely want to adopt.

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Other new technologies will include improved LED headlamps and tail lamps, an improved night vision system and will also most likely include a new 360 degree camera system that is now available on the GL.

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The S-Class is also extremely important for the growing Chinese market, where affluent Chinese demand the latest in vehicle technology and also demand high quality. Long-wheelbase versions of luxury cars are selling well in China, and a new S-Class is often the benchmark for those vehicles.

The S-Class should be available later this year.