Las Vegas, Nevada – Daimler and Google have deepened their strategic partnership, which will enable Daimler to use Google Maps for its in-car map displays. The companies made the announcement at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The partnership will provide Daimler with access to a suite of application programming interfaces (API) known as Google Maps API for Business, for the use of cloud-based, map-related applications in Daimler vehicles and early access to other new APIs as they are developed. The applications will significantly accelerate the time-to-market in Mercedes-Benz cars.
Google and Daimler have worked in close partnership for many years, and in 2007, Daimler was the first automotive manufacturer in the U.S. to launch the Google “Send-to-Car” functionality in a vehicle, giving drivers the ability to easily send destinations from Google Maps to their in-vehicle navigation systems. As of 2011, Mercedes-Benz offers COMAND Online, a telematics system with cloud-based Mercedes-Benz applications that brings Google Street View, Panoramio and local search technologies to most Mercedes-Benz cars.