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CES 2012: Mercedes-Benz’s connected cars

Cars are among the final frontiers for consumer technology. While there are several models with built-in GPS and other features, the idea of the truly connected car still eludes automakers.

Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz was pushing its connected car software, the mbrace 2, which brings apps, cloud computing and Web browsing right into its vehicles.

The mbrace system also connects to drivers’ smartphones to allow them to lock, unlock and find your car with their mobile device.

The other tech frontier for automakers is the pursuit of the really fun and good-looking electric car. Daimler, which makes the Mercedes-Benz line, has become an ally of the green revolution and is expected to talk up its hybrid and electric cars.

Over at the other big show going on right now, the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled two hybrid cars, the E300 BlueTec Hybrid and the Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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