Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) innovates with yet another engineering prowess; develops MBUX info system with COVID-19 Testing Centres in navigation
This innovation is developed by MBRDI engineers in India in collaboration with MapmyIndia
Bengaluru – Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) has equipped the third generation of the new GLS launched recently with fully packed connected services through its latest MBUX multimedia infotainment system. As a timely-innovation, the infotainment system will enable users to navigate to the nearest COVID-19 testing centres using the most updated information provided by ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research). This makes the SUV provide important information to its users at the time of need through its connected services.
As the number of cases continues to grow across the globe, MBRDI engineers in Bangalore have achieved this integration in a record time of two weeks, in association with leading service provider of maps & location technology, MapmyIndia. The 12.3-inch infotainment system handles requests using voice commands and gestures.
Mercedes-Benz India users will immensely benefit from MapmyIndia’s COVID-19 India Guide, as they will now have real-time and accurate information about the high risk or no go areas, and thus avoid these while travelling. The information is sourced from the latest government notifications and guidelines issued from time to time, and other credible sources.
Commenting on this innovation, Manu Saale, Managing Director & CEO, MBRDI stated, “This is a proud moment where the team has developed this much-needed innovation to add another layer of safety for our end-customers in India. Our infotainment team, who have a key role to play on the entire MBUX including the Interior Assist & Rear Seat entertainment, earlier this year was instrumental in launching another timely innovation for Korean market where the infotainment system helps in navigating to stores with N95 masks/ respirators, also.” He added, “Our technology platform for MBUX both in onboard (Car) & offboard (Cloud Backbone) is built in such a way to accelerate new services and features to our customer.”
Adapted to suit the Indian requirements, the interior assist software which is another unique function to control the interiors features of the car using gesture. A significant portion of the software application for MBUX is developed at MBRDI in Bangalore. An upgraded Mercedes Me connect app is planned to be released, next month for enhanced user experience.
Upon request, the MBUX infotainment panel will display the centre name, address and phone number. This hyperlocal mapping and location intelligence features are designed to ensure vehicle owners to navigate hassle-free during the current times. This feature gets automatically activated without any hassle of paying an additional fee. As a next step, the team is also working to include Corona treatment centres and many other unique features as well.
Commenting on this collaboration, Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director, MapmyIndia, said, “Mercedes-Benz is renowned worldwide for its highest level of safety and customer comfort. Ever since the pandemic broke out, our teams have been developing tools and solutions leveraging its best-in-class indigenously developed location technology to benefit Indians. I am happy that a leading company like Mercedes-Benz India has partnered with us in furthering this effort of ours.”
MapmyIndia team is continuously updating new facilities and health centres (testing, isolation and treatment) capable of handling Corona cases, as they come up across India. These are both government and non-government. This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.
MapmyIndia, India’s leader in digital maps and location-based technologies, has launched COVID-19 Tools & APIs (httpss://www.mapmyindia.com/corona) including map APIs, location-based analytics and GIS (geographical information systems), navigation and route planning, location tracking, fleet and field workforce management to help organizations and businesses open up safely post lockdown. MapmyIndia’s pan-India hyperlocal safety assessment, planning, operational, and visualisation software/tools/APIs empower businesses to assess, visualise, analyse, plan, generate real-time location-based alerts and operate their pan India strategy and activities at a micro- and hyper-local level.
MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools & APIs will help maximise business/economic activity and productivity while increasing the safety of all stakeholders – office employees, field workers, delivery and driver staff, and of course, consumers and society at large – from the threat of coronavirus spread. Organisations and developers can also integrate MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools and APIs into their internal employee and external consumer-facing web and mobile applications. This will ensure that the organisation’s entire employee and consumer base is aware of the relevant localised corona safety information and alerts. MapmyIndia is actively working with organisations across various sectors such as Automotive, FMCG, Retail, Manufacturing, Logistics, E-commerce and many more to help them deploy these tools and APIs.
“We, at, MapmyIndia are committed to working towards defeating the Coronavirus threat and have from time to time introduced solutions that have helped individuals, governments, and businesses in this hour of need. The lockdown is coming to an end but the threat is still there; hence we need to be on guard. MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools and APIs suite includes Pan India Route & Location Safety Assessment vis-a-vis the evolving corona threat at a hyperlocal level. Organisations and users can map out all their business information and activities such as employee locations, office branches, outlets, and distribution and delivery routes. I am confident that MapmyIndia COVID 19 Tools & APIs will add immensely to the decision-making and operational capabilities of various organizations to resume the much needed economic activity, while keeping Indians safe” says Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director, MapmyIndia.
MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools and APIs will enable organizations to ensure the safety of their employees, consumers, vendors, and other stakeholders. Armed with comprehensive and updated information, they can make a realistic threat assessment and decide on the best modus operandi to open up their enterprise across locations:
Adding another layer towards consumer safety, enterprises can integrate MapmyIndia’s maps, tools, and APIs, into their consumer-facing apps, websites, and their customer support call centres and chat-bots. Keeping their customers informed on:
MapmyIndia has been proactively working towards the mitigation of the COVID -19 threat through its Move App, and MapmyIndia COVID-19 Public Guide and Map APIs that offer hyperlocal & updated Corona related information to millions of users across India, and in conjunction with many leading central and local government authorities. This includes food and hunger relief centres, night shelters, corona testing, and treatment & isolation centres (Public & Private). MapmyIndia users can also report to the relevant authorities local on-ground lockdown related issues that the citizens are facing on the accurate interactive map.
Today 5000+ organisations already use MapmyIndia’s exhaustive and precise digital map database for the entire country. The tools and APIs for maps, navigation, geo-tracking, and geo-analytics serve varied cross-functional needs of the organizations including strategic planning, operations, fleet management, field workforce management, logistics, marketing, sales, distribution, customer experience, and consumer-facing mobile and web apps. Organization can get in touch for more details on www.mapmyindia.com/contact
Media Coverage about the launch MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools & APIs below:
TechNuter – MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools & APIs to help businesses safely resume operations, post lockdown
MyMobile – MapmyIndia COVID-19 tools, APIs to help businesses safely resume operations post lockdown
The Mobile Indian – MapmyIndia introduces COVID-19 Tools and APIs to help businesses safely resume operations
CRN – MapmyIndia COVID-19 tools and APIs to help businesses safely resume operations, post lockdown
Auto Tech Review – MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools to Aid Businesses Safely Resume Operations
newsR – MapmyIndia COVID-19 tools and APIs to help businesses safely resume operations, post lockdown
SMEStreet – MapmyIndia COVID-19 Tools & APIs to Help Businesses Safely Resume Operations
Follow “maps.mapmyindia.com/corona”– a live dashboard to get the latest, pan India updates and interactive maps & analytics on the spread & mitigation of Coronavirus viz. confirmed cases, recoveries, etc. along with the information on authorized COVID-19 facilities across India. Here’s a quick video tour.
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