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Mercedes-Benz to bring new alert function against potholes in communication system

As every motorist is aware, potholes are a genuine safety concern that can damage a vehicle's tyres or suspension. As a result, Mercedes has chosen to begin alerting consumers about potholes.

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New Delhi, First Published Sep 9, 2021, 12:00 PM IST
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Mercedes-Benz is adding a pothole alarm capability to its "Car-to-X" service communication system. This feature is available to drivers with a "Mercedes me" licence account to get real-time warnings about possible road hazards through navigation system icons and voice alarms. As every motorist is aware, potholes are a genuine safety concern that can damage a vehicle's tyres or suspension. As a result, Mercedes has chosen to begin alerting consumers about potholes.

Suppose the chassis control unit of one of the carmaker's latest models registers a behaviour corresponding to the passage over a pothole. In that case, the information is immediately sent to the Mercedes-Benz Cloud via the cell phone network. With the precise geographical coordinates of the location of the alert, provided, of course, that the driver has activated the "Car-to-X Communication" service. 

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If this is the case, all eligible Mercedes vehicles linked to the same service and in the neighbourhood will be able to notify their drivers of the possible hazard by displaying a small warning symbol on their navigation map. Meanwhile, an audio warning is given around 10 seconds before the relevant section of the road is reached, and the logo is highlighted onscreen.

Mercedes vehicles may already speak with one another via the "Car-to-X" service to alert drivers of oncoming accidents, roadworks, landslides, speed bumps, or strong crosswinds. The audio warning in the new C-Class, S-Class, and EQS models reads "Lookout, pothole!" or "Attention, speed bump," and is available in 36 languages.

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To use this feature, drivers must have a "Mercedes me" account and enable the "Car-to-X Communication" service. This service is free for the first three years, after which it requires a charge. This service is currently available to approximately three million Mercedes-Benz cars manufactured after 2016.

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