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Mercedes Me app tells you if your car has been dented, live

Mercedes-Benz has come up with a pretty cool technology that helps you stay more connected with your car, even if you’re not in it. It’s a new security feature of the Mercedes Me app.

The app is activated as soon as you lock the doors, and if somebody makes an attempt to break in, bumps into it or if someone attempts to tow it away, the app will notify you on your mobile phone, as soon as it happens.

How does it work? It uses the car’s various sensors to detect movement. If something does happen, the multimedia screen displays details that confirm it knows something has happened.

This is a great little gadget as there’s nothing worse than coming out to your car at a car park to find that somebody has put a nasty dent or scratch on your car and done the runner. With this app, you can immediately head out to check and you might even catch a number plate, or at least be able to tell security the exact time for checking surveillance cameras.

Mercedes-Benz is planning to roll out a number of smart new technologies next year, including introducing Amazon Alexa voice recognition, remote window and sunroof control, and a new ventilation mode that slightly opens windows.

Another new system to be launched is Mercedes Ask, which is a virtual assistance service that allows users to ask the car how to operate various systems in the car. It uses augmented reality technology so users can know exactly what to do and where to find things.

It’s unknown how much of this stuff will be launched in Australia, but it is hitting international markets during the course of 2018. Much of it is expected to debut in the new A-Class, previewed yesterday.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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