Best Tech Innovations 2012

A look at some of the year’s buzziest gadgets.

Courtesy Mercedes-Benz
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Mercedes-Benz MBrace2 Telematics

Nearly every car manufacturer is embracing the idea of
applying downloaded applications from the Internet, but Mercedes-Benz is
allowing drivers of its new 2013 SL-class cars to stay current with new
applications by offering a cloud-based service for upgrades. New applications
that arise during the life of the car can be downloaded “over the air” via both
Android and iPhone smartphones, as well as by a personal computer. Mercedes is
also adding a wealth of travel and safety features that include speed alerts
and geo-fencing boundaries for teenage drivers, with infraction notices sent in
real time to a home PC. Most of these features will appear on other 2013 models
as well.