Face masks have become a necessity in our “new normal” lifestyle, as we continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, crowd hysteria-induced panic buying have caused a shortage of supply in many parts of the world.
While many carmakers worldwide – including Lamborghini – have hopped in to help manufacture face masks, supply for face masks is still scarce, and many in need might not be able to get their hands on one.
Using the existing internet connectivity capabilities in the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, Mercedes-Benz Korea attempted to alleviate some of these troubles by presenting the stock information of face masks in pharmacies on the built-in navigation system.
The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system was first introduced with the all-new A Class. Aside from utilising artificial intelligence to adapt to the user’s habits, the MBUX system is also always connected, enabling remote functionalities, as well as the ability to update the car over-the-air.
The always-connected aspect of the MBUX system also allows for always up-to-date information, particularly in the navigation system. Mercedes-Benz Korea took advantage of this capability to update the real-time inventory level of available masks in pharmacies, in addition to the usual traffic and business information.
Pharmacies will show up with a green tick mark alongside a face mask graphic if more than 100 units of face masks are in stock. Users can then choose to navigate directly to the selected pharmacy.
Locally, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia recently introduced the Mercedes me connect system, utilising the LTE module that is built into all MBUX-enabled vehicles. Here’s to hoping this innovative use of technology will make its way here!