March 26, 2003

Mercedes-Benz to offer new universal interface for mobile phones

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will be offering a new, fully integrated universal mobile phone interface which will allow a variety of mobile phone models to be connected to the on-board electronic network. Drivers will be able to use all the Mercedes convenience and safety features when using these phones, namely the hands-free function, telephone operation via the multifunction steering wheel and monitoring via the central display unit or the COMAND communication centre (where specified).

These features were previously restricted to a single mobile phone model. The newly developed universal mobile phone interface (UHI) serves as a standard interface for phones by Nokia, Motorola and Siemens. The phone is connected to the universal interface in the fitted console with the aid of an adapter which is specific to the particular model of phone. Adapters can be supplied via Mercedes-Benz dealers and subsidiaries. The UHI controller complete with aerial, hands-free system and full networking can be fitted ex works as an option on new Mercedes-Benz car models.

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