Bringing Your Office behind the Wheel

The human identity is constructed on many different elements, and yet the most recognizable aspect of it is that inclination towards continuous growth. This tendency to grow, no matter the situation, has fetched us some huge milestones, with technology emerging as a pretty major member of the group. The reason why we hold technology in such a high regard is, by and large, predicated upon its skill-set, which realized all the possibilities for us that we couldn’t have imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, if we look beyond the surface for a second, it will become clear how the whole runner was also very much inspired from the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component, in fact, did a lot to give the creation a spectrum-wide presence and start what was a full-blown tech revolution. Of course, this revolution then went on to scale up the human experience through some outright unique avenues, but even after achieving a feat so notable, technology will somehow continue to bring out the goods. The same has turned more and more evident in recent times, and assuming a new automotive-centered collaboration works out just like we envision, it will only put that trend on a higher pedestal moving forward.

Cisco has officially confirmed that it is working alongside Mercedes Benz to develop an optimal mobile office experience in the latter’s E Class vehicles. But what all will form this touted mobile office experience? Well, according to certain reports, the partnership will make it possible for drivers to conduct frictionless meetings and calls, and they will be able to do so using the Meetings and enterprise grade calling functionality from Cisco’s Webex suite. Beyond that, the Webex suite will bring into the fold its famous proprietary audio intelligence technology, which offers best-in-class noise cancelation so to aid anyone working while still in the car. Furthermore, the system makes it easier to be heard during calls, as it can single out and boost the clarity of an individual’s voice, and to complement this feature, it also eliminates distracting background sounds, such as road noise or any conversations being held between the co-passengers. Make no mistake, this work experience within your car is not conceived at the expense of driver’s safety. Instead, the development covers that aspect quite well by keeping meetings and calls, whenever the vehicle is on the move, to an audio-only format.

Among other features in play here, the drivers will be able to access options like automatic AI-powered transcription, content sharing, reactions, and much more.

“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 at 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.”

Set to hit the market in 2024, the new Mercedes Benz E Class will be equipped with Wi-Fi and cellular data connection, along with the company’s dedicated app store to facilitate the download of Webex application. This application will be accessible through the vehicle’s infotainment system, therefore eliminating the need for taking out your phone time and time again.

But what makes Cisco an ideal partner in the stated pursuit? Well, the answer is centered on what it has achieved in the transportation space so far. You see, Cisco currently works with over 32,000 transportation organizations in 169 countries worldwide, while boasting more than 25,000 transportation-related patents.


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