Mercedes-Benz AG Partners with Cisco to Drive Hybrid Work Innovation in Automotive


Today, at Mobile World Congress, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced it is working with Mercedes-Benz to provide an optimal mobile office experience in its new Mercedes-Benz E Class vehicles. In today’s era of hybrid work, people expect an exceptional experience regardless of how and where they work – and the car is no exception. This partnership will help people get work done safely, securely, and comfortably in their vehicles, with the modern luxury and intuitive features that Mercedes-Benz and Webex customers are accustomed to.

Mercedes-Benz is committed to innovating its vehicles for the modern, digital era; and partnering with Cisco was a natural fit given the company’s leadership in secure, intuitive collaboration with Webex. The future of transportation is here now – and this partnership marks a momentous step forward with in-vehicle innovation and experiences.

Mercedes-Benz and Cisco are jointly addressing the needs of the ever-evolving hybrid workforce. The partnership makes it possible for an architect in the parking lot of a job site to collaborate with their team back at the firm, for example, or take a meeting between visiting a client and picking up the kids from after school care.

Together, the companies are transforming the car into a home office.

“Hybrid work is centered on the work you do, not where you do it – whether it’s in the office, home, car, or anywhere in between,” said Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Security & Collaboration, Cisco. “The mobile office cannot progress without the reliable and secure collaboration technology that only Cisco can provide. This partnership with Mercedes-Benz, a leader in automotive luxury, marks a big step forward in delivering the flexibility that the hybrid workforce demands.”

Enabling Frictionless Meetings and Calls
Drivers will be able to conduct frictionless meetings and calls with Meetings and enterprise grade calling with Webex. These features are all part of the Webex Suite, which provides the continuous, secure, and reliable connectivity that Cisco is known for. Webex’s proprietary audio intelligence technology offers best-in-class noise cancelation, enhancing the experience for the driver and any passengers working in the vehicle. Webex’s technology makes it easier to hear and be heard by singling out and boosting the clarity of an individual’s voice while eliminating distracting background noises, such as road noise and, at times, co-passengers talking, that come with the flexibility of conducting meetings and calls from the vehicle.

Safety-Centric Approach
Core to this announcement is safety: when the vehicle is moving, meetings and calls will use audio-only. When parked, users can harness Webex’s full immersive collaboration experience in their E Class, including video meetings, automatic AI-powered transcription, content sharing, and reactions (such as a thumbs up or celebration emoji).

The interior of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz E Class was previewed on February 22, 2023. The new vehicle will be equipped with Wi-Fi and cellular data connection, among many other things. Using either connection, drivers can download the Webex App from the Mercedes Benz Car App Store to appear directly on the touchscreen of the vehicle’s infotainment system, eliminating the dependency on phone. This offering will be available globally in the new Mercedes-Benz E Class vehicles, which are expected to arrive at dealerships this spring.

Cisco works with over 32,000 transportation organizations in 169 countries worldwide and has 25,000 patents in the transportation space. This partnership with Mercedes-Benz is part of Webex for Automobiles (blog here), including Webex Meetings for Apple CarPlay and its collaboration with Ford Motor Company.


Mercedes-Benz E-Class Named MotorTrend 2021 Car Of The Year


MotorTrend announced today that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup is the winner of MotorTrend’s 2021 “Golden Calipers” for Car of the Year, the most prestigious and sought-after honor by the world’s automotive manufacturers. Whether in sedan, wagon, coupe, or convertible form, be it straightforward transport or thrilling performance model, the E-Class reflects an excellence that is the industry benchmark.

“The E-Class carries the stout imprimatur of old-school luxury, from the graining of the wood to the suppleness of the leather seats, to the consistency of design all around the exterior and interior. Yet it also carries the latest in automotive technology, be it in the realm of safety, assisted driving, or infotainment,” said Mark Rechtin, MotorTrend editor-in-chief. “There is something simply reassuring about sitting inside a whisper-quiet-yet-thunderous Mercedes-Benz.”

When evaluating this year’s group of 18 new or redesigned vehicles, with 30 variants, for Car of the Year against the six key criteria, the E-Class was the clear winner for MotorTrend judges. The E-Class delivers on every front you can think of: safety, efficiency, and value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, and performance of the intended function.

What is perhaps most impressive is that the E-Class extends its brilliance across all body types and performance measures. Whatever the shape or task, the E-Class excels. The sedan is firmly in the “family transport” milieu without sacrificing performance when asked. The coupe is rigid and gutsy, while the convertible a luxe conveyance with a top-down “Air Cap” and “Air Scarf” that will keep your torso warm and your hair perfectly coiffed. And the AMG E 63 S Wagon is a thunderbolt that will transform anyone’s preconceived notion of a Montessori-mobile.

“It is a true honor for the MotorTrend team to recognize the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class family with this prestigious and highly coveted award,” said Adam Chamberlain, Vice President of Sales, Mercedes-Benz USA. “As the heart of our brand, the E-Class offers a highly compelling combination of distinctive design, luxurious interior appointments, advanced technology and sophisticated safety systems. This seamless interplay of emotion and intelligence appeals to both the hearts and minds of our customers.”

In winning this coveted award, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class outperformed five other finalists: the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe, Hyundai Sonata, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Nissan Sentra, and Porsche Taycan.

In awarding the Mercedes-Benz E-Class its Car of the Year status, MotorTrend’s senior features editor Jonny Lieberman summarizes, “Mercedes could have slapped some new body panels on, updated the engines, and called it a day. But the engineers went the extra mile. They pulled the all-nighter. The Mercedes is a superior vehicle in terms of ride quality, dynamics, kinematics, or any other measurements you can think of. The result? Car of the Year.”