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Touring the Mercedes-Benz Sunnyvale R&D center (pictures)

Much of the advanced technology in a modern Mercedes is developed in Silicon Valley. Let's take a tour of where the magic happens.

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Mercedes-Benz star

Behold the giant, rotating three-point star outside of the new Mercedes-Benz R&D center in Sunnyvale, Calif., now bigger and more-high tech than before. CNET was lucky enough to be let inside for a tour of the place to see some of the work that comes out of the studio, and now you can follow along.

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Star and crowd

The gathered crowd for the grand opening.

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Workspace in blue

A collaborative workspace at the MBRDNA.

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Nest thermostat

One of the 114 Nest thermostats to be found at the Mercedes R&D facility.

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Dashboard debugging

Dashboard debugging and testing tools.

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Adjustable desks

Adjustable desks for all.

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Letting in the light

Offices and meeting rooms, with plenty of glass.

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It's like this

Speakers at the grand opening.

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Whiteboard

A whiteboard where developers are checking off features for next-generation releases.

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3D printer

One of the 3D printers at MBRDNA.

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S-class prototype interior

The prototype S-Class cockpit.

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Concept dashboard

A concept future dashboard with gesture recognition, as previously seen at CES.

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Meeting room

One of the meeting rooms at the MBRDNA.

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Car radios

Various car radios from various regions.

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Pebble watches meet Mercedes app

Pebble smartwatches running the Mercedes-Benz app.

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Pebbles a la Mercedes

Another look at the Pebbles running the Mercedes-Benz app.

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The Pebble in red

A Pebble running the Mercedes-Benz app.

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In-car apps

Some of the various in-car apps.

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Dashboard warning

A navigation system shows a warning because the car ahead has its hood open.

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Test tools

More testing and debugging tools.

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More test tools

More testing and debugging tools.

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Meeting room

Inside a meeting room.

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License plate art

Art showing appreciation for the states of driving.

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Classic CL

Classic CL -- in model form.

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