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<p>Filed under: <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/ces/" rel="tag">CES</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/tech/" rel="tag">Technology</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/mercedes-benz/" rel="tag">Mercedes-Benz</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/luxury/" rel="tag">Luxury</a>, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/category/infotainment/" rel="tag">Infotainment</a></p><a href="/2012/01/11/hands-on-with-mercedes-benz-mbrace2/#continued"><img alt="Mercedes-Benz mBrace2" src=&quot;http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/01/mbrace2-ces-2012-628.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 419px;" /></a><br /><br />Following Dr. Z's keynote here at <a href=&quot;http://autoblog.com/ces">CES</a>, <a href=&quot;http://autoblog.com/mercedes-benz">Mercedes-Benz</a> showed off the latest iteration of its telematics and infotainment system, <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mBrace2/">mBrace2</a>.<br /><br />The system simply expands and enhances what M-B's system has been doing for the last few years, integrating Facebook, Google Point of Interest searches and now Google Street View into the current COMAND interface.<br /><br />There's a full-scale browser controlled by the central COMAND knob, but as you can see in the video <a href="/2012/01/11/hands-on-with-mercedes-benz-mbrace2/#continued">after the jump</a>, a combination of spotty data access (the CES show floor needs its own spectrum) and some oddly chosen user interface decisions makes for a rather clunky experience.<br /><br />Data issues aside, the biggest problem is using the outmoded concept of a pointer to select things on the screen. That's fine for PCs, but using a five-way controller to pan and click around a page is infuriatingly frustrating. Here's hoping M-B irons out the kinks before mBrace2 arrives on the all-new <a href=&quot;http://autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/sl-class">SL</a> and the rest of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz lineup.<p><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/11/hands-on-with-mercedes-benz-mbrace2/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Hands on with Mercedes-Benz mBrace2</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/11/hands-on-with-mercedes-benz-mbrace2/">Hands on with Mercedes-Benz mBrace2</a> originally appeared on <a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:59:00 EST. Please see our <a href=&quot;http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/11/hands-on-with-mercedes-benz-mbrace2/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20145617/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/11/hands-on-with-mercedes-benz-mbrace2/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a>

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