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          .xn-newslines .xn-distributor{
          display:none;
          }
          .xn-newslines .xn-dateline{
          display:none;
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      /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ CLIENT-SPECIFIC STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
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        .ReadMsgBody{width: 100%;} .ExternalClass{width: 100%;} /* Force Hotmail to display emails at full width */
        .ExternalClass, .ExternalClass p, .ExternalClass span, .ExternalClass font, .ExternalClass td, .ExternalClass div {line-height: 100%;} /* Force Hotmail to display normal line spacing */
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        /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ RESET STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
        body{margin: 0; padding: 0;}
        img{border: 0; height: auto; line-height: 100%; outline: none; text-decoration: none;}
        table{border-collapse: collapse !important;}
        body, #bodyTable, #bodyCell{height: 100% !important; margin: 0; padding: 0; width: 100% !important;}

        /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ TEMPLATE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

        /* ========== Page Styles ========== */

        #bodyCell{padding: 20px;}
        #templateContainer{
            width: 600px;
            background-color: #ffffff;
        }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and top border for your email. You may want to choose colors that match your company's branding.
            * @theme page
            */
            body, #bodyTable{
                background-color: #DEE0E2;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and top border for your email. You may want to choose colors that match your company's branding.
            * @theme page
            */
            #bodyCell{
                border-top: 4px solid #BBBBBB;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the border for your email.
            */
            #templateContainer{
                border: 1px solid #BBBBBB;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all first-level headings in your emails. These should be the largest of your headings.
            * @style heading 1
            */
            h1{
                color: #404040 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 26px;
                font-style: normal;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all second-level headings in your emails.
            * @style heading 2
            */
            h2{
                color: #404040 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 20px;
                font-style: normal;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all third-level headings in your emails.
            * @style heading 3
            */
            h3{
                color: #3d98c6 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 16px;
                font-weight: normal;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all fourth-level headings in your emails. These should be the smallest of your headings.
            * @style heading 4
            */
            h4{
                color: #808080 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                font-weight: normal;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            h4.subtitle {
              color: #808080 !important;
              font-size: 14px;
            }

            /* ========== Header Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and bottom border for your email's preheader area.
            * @theme header
            */
            #templatePreheader{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's preheader text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .preheaderContent{
                color: #808080;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 10px;
                line-height: 125%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's preheader links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .preheaderContent a:link, .preheaderContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .preheaderContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #606060;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's header area.
            * @theme header
            */
            #templateHeader{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's header text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .headerContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 20px;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 0;
                padding-bottom: 0;
                padding-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
                vertical-align: middle;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's header links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .headerContent a:link, .headerContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .headerContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            #headerImage{
                height: auto;
                max-width: 600px;
            }

            #socialShare img {
                margin-right: 3px;
            }

            /* ========== Body Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's body area.
            */
            #templateBody{
                background-color: #FFFFFF;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                /*border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;*/
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's main content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            * @theme main
            */
            .bodyContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 16px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 20px;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's main content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .bodyContent a:link, .bodyContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .bodyContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            .bodyContent img{
                display: inline;
                height: auto;
                max-width: 560px;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and border for your email's data table.
            */
            .templateDataTable{
                background-color: #FFFFFF;
            }

            .templateDataTable a:link {
                text-decoration: none;
                color: #3d98c6;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .dataTableHeading{
                /*background-color: #E7F1FC;*/
                color: #336699;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 150%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .dataTableHeading a:link, .dataTableHeading a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableHeading a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #FFFFFF;
                font-weight: bold;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .dataTableContent{
                border-top: 1px solid #DDDDDD;
                border-bottom: 0;
                color: #404040;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 12px;
                line-height: 150%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .dataTableContent a:link, .dataTableContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: bold;
            }

            /* ========== Column Styles ========== */

            .templateColumnContainer{width: 200px;}

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's column area.
            */
            #templateColumns{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's left column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .leftColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's left column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .leftColumnContent a:link, .leftColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .leftColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's center column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .centerColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's center column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .centerColumnContent a:link, .centerColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .centerColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's right column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .rightColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's right column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .rightColumnContent a:link, .rightColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .rightColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            .leftColumnContent img, .rightColumnContent img{
                display: inline;
                height: auto;
                max-width: 260px;
            }

            /* ========== Footer Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's footer area.
            * @theme footer
            */
            #templateFooter{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's footer text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            * @theme footer
            */
            .footerContent{
                color: #808080;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 10px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 20px;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            .footerContent.social, .footerContent.social h4 {
                text-align: center;
            }

            .footerContent.social a {
                margin: 0 10px;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's footer links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .footerContent a:link, .footerContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .footerContent a .yshortcuts, .footerContent a span /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #606060;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

            @media only screen and (max-width: 480px){
                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ CLIENT-SPECIFIC MOBILE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
                body, table, td, p, a, li, blockquote{-webkit-text-size-adjust: none !important;} /* Prevent Webkit platforms from changing default text sizes */
                body{width: 100% !important; min-width: 100% !important;} /* Prevent iOS Mail from adding padding to the body */

                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE RESET STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
                #bodyCell{padding: 10px !important;}

                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE TEMPLATE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

                /* ======== Page Styles ======== */

                /**
                * @tip Make the template fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability. If a fluid layout doesn't work for you, set the width to 300px instead.
                */
                #templateContainer{
                    max-width: 600px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the first-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h1{
                    font-size: 24px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the second-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h2{
                    font-size: 20px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the third-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h3{
                    font-size: 18px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the fourth-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h4{
                    font-size: 16px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /* ======== Header Styles ======== */

                #templatePreheader{display: none !important;} /* Hide the template preheader to save space */

                /**
                * @tip Make the main header image fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability, and set the image's original width as the max-width. If a fluid setting doesn't work, set the image width to half its original size instead.
                */
                #headerImage{
                    height: auto !important;
                    max-width: 600px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the header content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .headerContent{
                    font-size: 20px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
                }

                /* ======== Body Styles ======== */

                /**
                * @tip Make the body content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .bodyContent{
                    font-size: 18px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
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<h1 class="xn-hedline">Mercedes-Benz Makes Customers' Lives Easier with Google Home and Amazon Alexa</h1>

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<p class="xn-dateline">SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 21, 2017</p>
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<span class="xn-location">SUNNYVALE, Calif.</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 21, 2017</span> /PRNewswire/ --&nbsp;<b>Today, customers will be able to use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa with all 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models in <span class="xn-location">the United States</span>.</b>
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<p>Customers are increasingly benefiting from seamless and intelligent interactions between Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected through their Mercedes-Benz cars. Voice-activated personal assistants are one such means of interaction, supported by robust artificial intelligence (AI). By connecting these powerful services to Mercedes-Benz's vehicles, customers gain personalized engagement and experiences. </p>

<p>With targeted commands to their personal assistant-enabled and voice-enabled devices, customers will be able to activate various functions for their vehicles. Natural language understanding allows the services to interpret these commands and turn them into actions. </p>

<p>For instance, customers with Google devices can simply say, "Ok, Google, tell <i>Mercedes me</i> to start my car," and it will remotely start the customer's car. Another available feature includes remote lock. With Alexa devices, customers can say, "Alexa, ask <i>Mercedes me</i> to send an address to the car" for remote navigation input and point-of-interest requests.</p>

<p>"We want to offer our customers a broad range of services 24/7, not just when they are in our cars," says <span class="xn-person">Nils Schanz</span>, Head of IoT and Wearable Integration at MBRDNA. "Mercedes-Benz's goal is creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and developing cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for our customers." </p>

<p>Besides the devices, Mercedes-Benz customers will need an active <a href="https://www.mbusa.com/mercedesme/index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><i>Mercedes me</i></a> account and an active mbrace&copy; subscription. In order to link their accounts, customers will have to download the Google Home or Amazon Alexa app and connect it with <i>Mercedes me</i>. The service is now available in <span class="xn-location">the United States</span>. <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> will follow later this year.</p>

<p>In <span class="xn-chron">December 2016</span>, Mercedes-Benz announced the integration with the Google Assistant on Google Home. Today, Mercedes-Benz is one of the first carmakers to integrate Google Home with their vehicles. This integration signals a significant step forward in the company's connectivity strategy. </p>

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<p>Embedded in a worldwide network Mercedes-Benz Research &amp; Development North America, Inc. continuously strives to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. MBRDNA has its headquarters in Silicon Valley, <span class="xn-location">California</span> since 1995, with key areas of Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Customer Research, and Business Innovation. In <span class="xn-location">Redford, Michigan</span>, the focus is on powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in <span class="xn-location">Long Beach</span>, where the E-Mobility Group helps to shape the future of the North American market for hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in <span class="xn-location">Ann Arbor</span> and the Advanced Vehicle Design in <span class="xn-location">Carlsbad</span> complete the competence center. Together all the 500 developers, technicians, engineers and designers take on the challenges of creating the next innovation. They get inspired by the newest trends, find the best solutions for the customer and create the next generation of comfortable, connected, safe, sustainable and luxurious vehicles.</p>

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<p>SOURCE  Mercedes-Benz Research &amp; Development North America, Inc.</p>

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<p>CONTACT: Anja Weinert, Communications Mercedes-Benz Research &amp; Development NA; phone: +1 (408) 991-6689, anja.weinert@daimler.com <br>
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