Mercedes-benz’s three-word nav­i­ga­tion

Autocar - - INSIGHT -

Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem What3­words has been in devel­op­ment since 2013 but, with the launch of the Mercedesbenz User Ex­pe­ri­ence, CES was our first chance to try it in a main­stream pro­duc­tion car.

Essen­tially, What3­words carves the world up into three-me­tre squares, with each as­signed a unique three-word code – eas­ier to re­mem­ber than post­codes, and opening up nav­i­ga­tion in places where such things don’t ex­ist. Sim­ply say the code and the voice-con­trolled MBUX will guide you to that square.

What3­words also fea­tured in the self-driv­ing Olli con­cept at CES (p66). In case you were won­der­ing, the three-word ad­dress for Au­to­car Tow­ers is ‘dis­cour­aged spout value’.

WHEN IS IT DUE?

What3­words works now in app form, or you can wait un­til Au­gust for the new A-class to go on sale.

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