Mercedes has teamed up with Pebble Technology to develop a new smartwatch to connect to your car. Owners will be able to check basic vehicle information such as fuel level and door lock status directly from the watch. The prototype watch will be shown at the upcoming 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, the largest consumer electronics show in the world.
When inside the car the smartwatch is also able to alert drivers to potential hazards such as road traffic accidents and stalled vehicles via vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication. Further details on the new technology are scarce but Mercedes has already made changes to its Digital DriveStyle app in order to allow it to communicate with Pebble smartwatches.
Mercedes isn’t the first manufacturer to announce its interest in developing a smartwatch. Nissan unveiled the Nissan Nismo smartwatch ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, which was the first attempt from a car manufacturer to allow drivers to monitor vehicle information from a watch.
There is no official word from Mercedes on when this technology will be available or how much it will cost. More information on the smartwatch is likely to following its unveiling at the CES show in January.