Mercedes brings Maps and YouTube into its vehicles with a Google partnership

Mercedes-Benz and Google have struck a long-term partnership that will help the German automaker offer drivers navigation, maps, and YouTube provided by the tech giant.

The deal will not see the automaker ced control over the entire operating system in the car. As Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius puts it, the automaker remains "the full architects of the stack.”

The partnership will bring the Google Maps platform, Cloud and YouTube into future Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the automaker’s next-generation operating system called MB.OS.

Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai noted that the tech giant will "provide our AI and data capabilities to accelerate their sustainability efforts, advance autonomous driving, and create an enhanced customer experience.”

The precursor to MB.OS will also show up later this year in the new Mercedes E Class. In that system, customers will be able to access apps like Tiktok and Zoom from the car’s infotainment system.

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