My dealer informed me, and MBUSA has now confirmed, that there will be no more nav map updates for NTG 3.5 (MY 2010-2013 S-Class and 2010-2014 CL). The last release was BQ 6 46 0341, v.14.0, for calendar years 2015-2016.
The MB nav map update site for MY 2007-2009 S-Class and CL indicates that v.15.0, BQ 6 46 0340, also covering calendar years 2015-2016 is the last release for NTG 3.0 systems.
Personally, I find that infuriating. V.14.0 was the only update for NTG 3.5 after the 2013 model was produced. Its road data dates from 2014, and it contains errors that were a problem even when the discs came out (among other things I am constantly told to take an exit on I-275 in Tampa where none exists; they were detours during road construction). Cutting W221 and CL owners off after just one update is simply ridiculous, and will have me looking at other brands for my next car purchase.
The message for NTG 3.5 owners from MBUSA said specifically:
"We can confirm that there will not be additional navigation updates for the NTG 3.5.
"We appreciate the time you have taken to share your thoughts We welcome your feedback as it is invaluable in our on-going efforts to provide a product that meets the demands of our customers.
"While we cannot promise this will change in the future, it is comments such as yours that help us to provide feedback to the appropriate individuals within our organization, so they can consider improving upon the features available for our products."
That language suggests that perhaps with enough feedback from W221 and CL owners, perhaps they could reconsider and at least one more update might be released. I note that for the '05-'06 W220s, map updates were released covering dates through 2014, eight years after the last W220 was produced. Here, we get three. That is a sorry decision by Mercedes, and we owners should say so. The email address is suppo[email protected]
So, for newer maps we are left with workarounds. There are several ways to get smart phone data displayed on your COMAND screen. That can include the maps, including those with turn-by-turn instructions, often used in iPhones, Android phones, and iPads.
One such solution was presented by member hilarushi at https://www.benzworld.org/forums/aud...es-comand.html
- it is a wireless solution using the phone as a wi-fi hot spot transmitting to a wi-fi rebroadcaster (such as Anycast) with an HDMI output that in turns feeds into a device that converts the HDMI output to analog RCA output (https://www.amazon.com/s/?url=search...I2AV+Converter
), in turn feeding into the MMI aux inputs that can be selected and displayed on the COMAND screen. One would have to use that somewhat balky setup with a Video In Motion device (I would recommend the one by NAVIKS, having used one for a brief time). The setup can be used with either iPhone or Android.
A second method is wired; using an Apple Lightning to HDMI output cable (https://www.apple.com/shop/product/M...5c5f5782896ea6
), one that then connects via an HDMI cabe to the same HDMI-to-analog device used in the wi-fi connection above. Selection of the RCA video is again made on the "Video" menu of COMAND. I do not know if iPhones having 30-pin output will work as well, but there are a number of HDMI adapters for various Apple devices. I have not explored similar cables for Android.
A third method is to use a video interface such as that by NAVIKS - https://naviks.com/i-24075303-2010-2...interface.html
. It is also used together with an iPhone HDMI interface, and North American cars require a Video In Motion bypass device as well (https://naviks.com/i-21933022-2010-2...ionbypass.html
). All together, including additional cables, etc., your'e looking at nearly $650 for a DIY installation.
All of those methods transmit audio together with the smart phone map display, so you can get turn-by-turn instructions. None of the methods offers nav data on the multifunction display. The first two methods involve a bundle of unsightly wires that would need to be hidden, and require a power source. Frankly, I would only use such a setup if I were traveling in an area I am totally unfamiliar with, and I'd be tempted to do it just using an iPad instead of using all that stuff.
There is also a fourth method, which actually involves replacing the OE COMAND monitor. It involves a replacement unit (the monitor, in any case) for COMAND 3.0 and 3.5 that offers Android compatibility, but as yet it does not offer Apple CarPlay. https://www.sardincar.com/mercedes-b...imedia-player/
.There is much more at https://mbworld.org/forums/s-class-w...uchscreen.html
(but you'll have to sort through some snarky posts - sorry) - but this site says its unit offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility (via a 4G hotspot). I have no experience at all with this system, and the first website (at the time of this post) does not provide pricing; the second indicates about $675. I do not know if this unit is for the CL.
There is also another device for adding Apple CarPlay OR Android Auto to your existing screen. This is not a screen replacement (which, I believe, add a wi-fi hotspot to the car for connection to the phone; please correct me if I am wrong). Contact info for the product below is https://www.youtube.com/navtool
). Product selection, pricing etc. are available via https://www.navtool.com/mercedes-ben...-category.aspx
. The first link below provides a demo of the Apple CarPlay capability; the second shows installation and programming.
Thanks loads, Mercedes! I will certainly keep this lack of support in mind the next time I go car shopping.