CNET First Look
A deep dive into Mercedes-Benz appsThe latest generation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles features a new array in-dash apps for Facebook, Yelp, and Google. We take a close look at how well it works.
-- -- -- I am Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com and I'm behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. To take a look at their new command system. With the Mercedes-Benz. App integration. You get to it all right here from this new Mercedes-Benz app icon in the command interface. Just tap on that. You notice -- one of the first problems with a system is that it's kinda slow. Every time you select an option you end up sitting and waiting for the data connection to. Establish itself and to download whatever data that it needs it just gonna take the long time. To get from screen to screen. The first thing that you can do it you -- here is going to Google local search. We're gonna search where we are right now -- -- here's the popular search isn't what they were looking for some -- eat. Kind of goes to -- I any of these places. We'll just grab one. And you can pop into the detail screen you can also view options. For Google street view. -- Google's refusing -- 360 do you describe -- scrolling around here. With a controller. If you back up you can also view the -- -- -- By Google -- which is basically a database of geo tagged photos in the area of the police are looking for. Again the load times really kind of hamper this whole situation and that kind of thing you'd be easier -- to use your Smartphone for some of the stuff. Since you can't do it and Lester park anyway. The next option is news. That basically gives you the latest headlines. From a number of different topics. You can -- view the latest headlines when photographs assigned to them. We'll pop into the story about -- the Mars landing. And you'll see that the entire story is right here. It's not really the kind of situation that you wanted -- to see in your car and read on the screen right here so you can pop over into this option. And it's in the article to yourself. By email. The next really interesting feature is the -- integration and you get the list of the most highly rated pizza places. Within the area. Around us all find out is what's what's good. We'll go into it you can see that every one of those reviews has aged one to five star Yelp ratings. So the option is also here to download point three inches and -- -- -- saved online. Using Mercedes is embrace connectivity service -- we don't have any definition -- were gonna skip right over that. And jump into the last bit. FaceBook. So you notice that the first option on my FaceBook. Is that for places and I can pop in and there. And I can find places where my friends have checked in in the area -- can also find FaceBook places near the current location and navigate to them. If I go back into the main menu I can also view page. List of my friends and -- jump down and find out my fellow car tech editor Wayne Cunningham. And see what he's got tips. Okay so if -- -- the phone number I'd be able to see it right here initiate a phone call. I can also see where he is legacy the last place that he checked and and I can also import him into a contact into the main hands free calling and navigation system. I can also view his wall and see his last couple toasts. I cannot view events in the area that have -- PPT and I can view the details of the event here. And then I can also navigate to that events to different addresses listed. You can also change your status from right here in the -- it took me -- -- 07 to ten minutes to input a simple. -- 100 to carry their message so if -- were you -- skip all of this data and -- And that pretty much wraps up everything -- that the Mercedes command. -- system does. Well that's been our in depth first look at the Mercedes-Benz. At system as part of their new command system and GOK 350 of Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com.