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Old 02-25-2012, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steaming Coffee Cup

We just bought our first Benz - ML350 2012.
It has this coffee cup icon in the display that does not go off.
The manual describes something about "drowsiness" - but that can't be correct.
It's on all of the time.

Anyone know if this is a problem - or how to shut it off?

Thanks
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Attnetion Assist - sorry your dealer did a poor job

I am diappointed your dealer did not do the proper job demonstrating the features on the car with you when they delivered the ML to you. Actually, I am very disappointed, because this feature is basic safety - and since they didn't explain this to you, there are other features they have missed with you.

1) I suggest you download a pdf copy of the owners manual and save on your computer, it's a lot easier going thu the pdf copy than leafing thru the bulky manual. See this link:

http://www.mbusa.com/vcm/MB/DigitalA...12-M-Class.pdf

2) Please watch this youtube all the way thru - pay particular "attention" to the 2nd half of this 2 min video. This video was done with a early Euro ML prototype so don't get thrown off by the little things that are different in your car:


3) Please understand from the video for Attention Assist to properly function it must be set ON from the start of the trip. Since other than the Coffee Cup the feature is "passive" it is best to have this feature on all the time, since if you get in the ML already tired, you will neglect activating it before you start your drive.

4) On the US version of Attnetion Asssist the notification may be simply the steering wheel vibration/alert _ I am not sure we have the audible alert in addition to vibration. Think of it as a "drowsy speed bumb" vibration of the steering wheel. Quite cool actually.

5) The manual is fairly clear on how to deactivate it, I have attached pg 234 from your manual.

Did they show you the Sirius weather feature ? I have seen a lot of sloppy dealers miss that one too, and that is another way cool new Sirius feature !
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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See the 2nd half of this C-Class youtube for a brief insight into Sirius weather:


This feature for trips is way coller than this youtube brief intro
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you so much !

Actually it wasn't the dealer's fault - we had to leave quickly and he wanted to give us a very thorough review of the features. I just felt we would read the manual (pdf file) and get oriented ourselves. The "coffee cup" icon was confusing until after I read your note.

This is why I came here!

Thanks again!
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It does get wearing since a proper hands-on intro on basic options properly takes 45min-1hr, and on more option filled ML's takes up to 1 1/32 to 2 hrs.

Anything else - you might also focus on "Individualisation" of voice control, especially as it makes Navi real slick !

Mercedes-Benz USA - Video - Voice Control Individualization
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Good video. I knew what it was but now know how the technology works. I did that voice control personalization exercise and the system is now flawless when I use voice control, a thousand times better than any voice control vehicle I have driven. In the past I have always defaulted to manual entry especially with navi but now it's voice only!
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Glad it was of some help !
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Glad it was of some help !
Have a new C250 4matic (Canada, under 200 miles) and the cup warning came on after I drove 50 miles and I truly did not think I was tired. Pressed OK and drove another 50 miles.

How can I tell if this is not a malfunction and should I avoid it? Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Have a new C250 4matic (Canada, under 200 miles) and the cup warning came on after I drove 50 miles and I truly did not think I was tired. Pressed OK and drove another 50 miles.

How can I tell if this is not a malfunction and should I avoid it? Thanks.
The manual says that the 50 mile warning is a normal function.
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Have a new C250 4matic (Canada, under 200 miles) and the cup warning came on after I drove 50 miles and I truly did not think I was tired. Pressed OK and drove another 50 miles.

How can I tell if this is not a malfunction and should I avoid it? Thanks.
I don't think this is a malfunction; I just think the system generates a few false positives from time to time. I've had a couple myself where I also did not feel at all tired.

I think I'd rather have a system that was a little overly sensitive than not sensitive enough, and it's no big deal to cancel the alert. Certainly, if you're getting frequent alerts I'd have the car (or you ) checked out.
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