Could new Garmin aircraft technology help pilot future Mercedes-Benz navigation systems?

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMGNews that Garmin has been selected by Daimler AG as the global navigation provider for future Mercedes-Benz models could spur some interesting new technology in future vehicles.

Building on Garmin’s award-winning user interface, over the next four years the navigation technology will be integrated into the Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems with a focus on providing to an “efficient and intuitive experience” for drivers, notes Garmin’s official press release.

In addition to displaying the typical navigation and maps on the in-dash display, users will have access to important driver information, such as the next turn, at a glance on a second display, positioned behind the steering wheel.

The Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems allow users to control navigation functions through the system’s rotary controller or via voice command.

Garmin’s next-generation navigation software will provide critical positioning information for Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) functionalities of the vehicle to assist drivers in challenging situations.

Garmin offers little detail about the “next generation” navigation system. But news of the company’s partnership with Daimler AG comes on the heels of an announcement of new traffic technology the company has developed for aircraft pilots.    

Garmin Lear Jet Technology

The new Garmin systems, which include the GTS 825 Traffic Advisory System (TAS) and the GTS 855 Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS I), offer improved performance and range features to provide pilots with the most comprehensive traffic picture possible, according to the company’s press release.

Each system has 400 watts of transmit power, and 40 and 80 nautical miles of “interrogation” range or 46 and 92 driving miles, respectively. 

“Now with increased transmit power and range, the GTS series provides even broader situational awareness and allows the pilot to visualize more potential traffic targets that could pose a threat,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

The GTS series is capable of creating a 360-degree zone of detection around the aircraft so pilots can see and identify targets in their airspace that may pose a risk. That kind of technology would definitely come in handy in a car to identify a “potential” traffic jam a state away during a road trip, or to warn a driver of a zone of state troopers waiting in a speed trap 40 miles ahead.  

The GTS series products also come standard with Garmin’s patented CLEAR CAS technology, a hybrid system that provides real-time information that is totally independent of radar-based air traffic control. In the future, the system will be able to provide enhanced information about a target aircraft including flight ID, altitude, velocity and direction on select displays.

Imagine having that kind of in-car technology to gauge things like whether a cluster of drivers in a certain area might yield a greater potential for an accident by assessing data like vehicle accident reports and real-time erratic driving behavior.   

Maybe it’s all just wishful thinking or me spending far too much time watching sci-fi movies considering the legalities involved and not knowing what if any modifications could be made to Garmin’s GTS series to make it adaptable for a car. But imagine what driving a Mercedes-Benz would be like if Garmin and Daimler AG could package some of that technology into the carmaker’s infotainment system. 

Product Review

The Porsche Cayenne is a family-hauler with the soul of a sports car

Now in its third generation, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne boasts updated styling, features, and performance hardware within deceptively similar bodywork. With improved rivals, the Cayenne needs to dazzle to stay ahead of the pack.
Cars

2020 Lincoln Corsair crossover is small in size, but big on luxury

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair made its public debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. It replaces the MKC as the smallest crossover in Lincoln's lineup and shares underpinnings with the 2020 Ford Escape.
Cars

Tech meets old-school craftsmanship in the Mercedes-Benz GLB concept

The long-rumored Mercedes-Benz GLB debuted as a prototype at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show with a design that borrows styling cues from the G-Class. The seven-seat compact model is already on its way to becoming a production model.
Health & Fitness

From the office to the gym, these are the best smartwatches for fitness

The line between smartwatch and fitness tracker continues to blur. To help narrow the field of the best fitness watches, we sifted through what's available and curated a list of devices worthy of a spot on your wrist.
Cars

2020 Nissan 370Z Special Edition celebrates 50 Years of the Z car

Nissan is celebrating 50 years of its iconic "Z car" with a special edition of the 2020 370Z. The 50th-anniversary model is dressed to look like a 1970s race car, but remains technically unchanged.
Cars

2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sedan gets turbocharged power, chiseled looks

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 proves the General Motors luxury brand still cares about sedans. Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it features Cadillac's Super Cruise tech and a lineup of turbocharged engines.
Cars

Genesis’ all-electric Mint concept proves small cars can still be stylish

Unveiled ahead of the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Genesis Mint concept is a future electric city car with scissor doors in place of a traditional hatchback. Genesis likely won't put it into production, however.
Cars

Drywall or kayaks? The 2020 Toyota Highlander is ready for your weekend plans

Toyota introduced the 2020 Highlander ahead of its public debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The fourth-generation Highlander is bigger than its predecessor, and it comes with more tech features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Cars

More tech and more space make the Mercedes-Benz GLS the S-Class of the SUV world

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation GLS at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The company's biggest and most luxurious SUV gains more tech features in its quest to become the S-Class of the SUV world.
Cars

2020 Ford Escape gets sleeker styling, greener powertrains, more tech

The 2020 Ford Escape gets redesigned for the first time since the 2013 model year. Ford brought back the hybrid powertrain, and is adding a plug-in hybrid option for the first time.
Cars

The 2020 Subaru Outback wants to take you to (and teach you about) the outdoors

The Outback is one of Subaru's most significant models, so the Japanese firm couldn't afford to make a mistake when it overhauled the model. The sixth-generation Outback is still rugged but more user-friendly than ever before.
Cars

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Turbo shows value and performance can go hand in hand

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata goes in a bold new design direction, with LED streaks on its hood and sleeker bodywork all around. It starkly contrasts with the current Sonata's conservative design.
Cars

With drift mode, Kia’s Stinger GTS lets you unleash your inner hooligan

Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the limited-edition Kia Stinger GTS gets a trick all-wheel drive system that should enable plenty of sideways action. But only 800 buyers will get to try it.
Cars

Kia’s HabaNiro concept is an autonomous, electric car that knows when you’re sad

Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Kia HabaNiro concept is supposed to preview the future of the everyday car. That future will include artificial intelligence tech that can read the driver's emotions, according to Kia.