When the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class goes on sales this Fall, it will have the capability to run a long list of apps, including Glympse, which will allow drivers to send their current location to family and friends.
Glympse will allow drivers to send anyone a text or email that links to their real-time location on an interactive map. Drivers can also set a timer for the link to expire, which then cancels the location sharing. Mercedes-Benz recently released mbrace2, the automaker’s next-generation infotainment system that is Cloud-based. The new system will allow drivers to use a number of popular apps currently available on mobile phones including Yelp and Facebook.
The Glympse app has proven to be popular among mobile phone users, with at least three million downloads to date. We’re not sure how popular Glympse will be with drivers, as a recent study suggests that drivers don’t necessarily want all their mobile apps to be accessible in their cars. The study found that more consumers favor apps related to driving (weather forecasts and traffic) more than social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter.