Mercedes Benz has unveiled its latest convenience feature, which can re-calculate satellite navigation routes meaning drivers will avoid stressful traffic hold-ups.
Called RDS-TMC (Radio Data System-Traffic Message Channel) the system works through the familiar Mercedes Benz COMAND (Cockpit Management And Display) unit to update routes with traffic jam, road closure, accident or roadwork information, automatically diverting cars around the obstacle before being delayed.
As well as saving time by avoiding hold-ups, the new TMC system will work with the ergonomic interiors of Mercedes Benz cars to help keep drivers and their passengers calm and collected – an important consideration in modern motoring conditions.
Existing cars are not necessarily precluded from this excellent technology. The majority of customers will be able to upgrade their current COMAND systems simply by purchasing a TMC-enabled navigation disc.
Due to arrive in UK cars by the end of the year when pricing will be announced, TMC is the latest in a long line of developments to COMAND which reinforces its position as a user-friendly system to control audio, navigation and mobile telephone calls.
To help keep drivers’ eyes on the road, COMAND is already available with LINGUATRONIC voice control, giving aural activation of most functions. CD tracks, radio stations, telephone calls and even destination details can all be changed and entered vocally.
Pan-European navigation is now possible in most models, with DVD-based COMAND giving mapping from London to Lisbon or Glasgow to Graz. Coupled with the forthcoming TMC system, Mercedes Benz drivers will soon be able to drive across the European Union without being hindered by the weight of traffic.
By adding TMC to their impressive list of comfort features, all models in the range will ensure that Mercedes Benz drivers have the finest, smoothest, most traffic-free automotive experience available.Published 8 January 2005