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Mercedes me: reorder special equipment directly in the car

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A Even after the vehicle has been purchased and delivered, customers can continue to upgrade their Mercedes. This is initially possible in the models of the Mercedes A-Class, B-Class and GLE series produced from 2019. In the online store of the Mercedes-me portal, the digital radio, smartphone integration (Apple Carplay /Android Auto) and the navigation function can be downloaded from a PC or smartphone for a fee and activated for use. Since Mercedes is expanding the MBUX systems with the new 'on-demand equipment' function from the first quarter of 2019, the online portal and thus the purchase of the special equipment mentioned is also possible directly in the car. The prerequisite is that the customer has connected his car to Mercedes me.

On-demand equipment should also increase the resale value

With the digital offer, Mercedes is on the one hand aimed at customers who forgot to order optional equipment ex works when purchasing a vehicle. On the other hand, the offer would also benefit the value of the car. For example, digital radio will be mandatory for new vehicles in the EU from 2020. With the option of upgrading your own vehicle online with the latest technology, the resale value could be increased. From the perspective of used car buyers, the car can be easily adapted to their own needs.

Prices: Navi for 654 euros

The prices of the on-demand special equipment add up currently at 238 euros for digital radio and 297 euros for smartphone integration. The hard drive navigation costs 654 euros. In addition to the special equipment mentioned, a Remote Parking Assistant for the E-Class (from March 2016) and S-Class (from the 2017 facelift) is also available in the Mercedes-me Store. If the remote parking package is on board in these models, the vehicles can be parked in and out of the car using a smartphone app. In addition, services such as the in-car office, traffic data in real time, navigation map updates or a digital vehicle key (via smartphone) are available for purchase and subsequent download.

VW ID: Equipment download planned

Other manufacturers such as Audi, Porsche and VW are planning similar offers; The VW Group is working on a platform through which software functions can be subsequently activated. Initially, this option is to be offered for I.D. electric cars based on the modular electric drive kit (MEB). The first VW I.D. comesOn the market in early 2020. When asked by auto motor und sport , a VW spokeswoman said: 'This is what our vehicles, especially our e-vehicles, will be designed for.' It is always important that the hardware is available It is conceivable, for example, to subsequently enable traffic sign recognition if a camera-based distance cruise control is already available. The subsequent downloads could also be made available for other group brands via the electrical construction kit MEB.


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