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COMAND

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The COckpit Management And Navigation Device - COMAND for short - acts as a “command centre” for all audio, telematics and telecommunications functions on Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Depending on vehicle specification, functions like the radio, CD player, DVD player, navigation system with dynamic routing, and amplifiers are all integrated in the COMAND system..

A high-performance processor controls the system and manages the various programmes. If requested by the customer, the CD changer, sound system, TV receiver, telephone and Linguatronic voice control system can also be linked up to COMAND.

The latest generation of the COMAND system used in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class boasts a large colour TFT screen in 16:9 (widescreen) format, and uses a multidirectional wheel - located in the centre console - to navigate and use the numerous menus and functions. The system allows the control of a huge number of features, from seat bolster inflation to the satellite navigation.

The COMAND APS system includes a navigation computer with a second DVD player in the boot.

With the Mercedes-Benz COMAND APS system, for instance, the car radio can act in concert with the telephone to establish contact with a service provider that will transmit digital traffic-jam warnings to the navigation system via SMS and recommend a detour if necessary.

Screen Shots

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Knobs

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Competing Technologies

Other car manufacturers use similar technologies in their car, including Audi with its MMI system and BMW with its iDrive system. After BMW innovated the idea and first offered iDrive, other manufacturers could take advantage of their "wait and see" approach to listen to market feedback on the iDrive interpretation and improve on shortcomings (whether real or perceived) for their interpretations of the system.

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