Mercedes Benz cars running on Mac OS X

June 21, 2007

This one is for you, Alli.

Starting in 2009, Mercedes Benz cars will have communication, navigation, and in-car maintenance systems designed by Apple Computer. Yes, Apple. Perhaps Mercedes Benz cars would run on Mac OS X (or whatever the operating system’d be called in two years)!

Apple Logo MB Logo

Brings to mind an old joke I heard several years ago, back when most computers were still running Windows 98. Some choice lines (thanks to Performant Systems for the joke):

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  • Windows LogoOccasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
  • The airbag system would ask, “Are you sure?” before deploying.
  • Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the antenna.
  • Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
  • You’d have to press the “start” button to turn the engine off.
  • Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive — but it would only run on five percent of the roads.

Thanks, Techcrunch and FourSprung!

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4 Responses to “Mercedes Benz cars running on Mac OS X”

  1. Belle Says:

    HAHA! Figures that Benz is using Apple! For me this is a new joke. Thank you. :)

  2. James Says:

    They already have iPod integration, it is a logical next step.

    In any case, is likely to be a huge improvement on the current technology in these cars.

    The workshop computers are very old technology compared to current Apples.

    (The same with phone systems)

  3. BMW Sydney Says:

    With the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’:

    Does this now refer to Dr Dieter Zetsche (Mercedes CEO)?

  4. Burt Munro Says:

    Another line to that joke:

    For no reason at all, your car would crash twice a day.


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