Mercedes-Benz S-CLASS SEDAN 2023 Data Storage
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz S-Class car incorporates advanced data storage features to improve functionality and user experience. The car can hold a lot of data because of its internal storage capacity, which includes user preferences, multimedia files, navigational data, and diagnostic data. With its easy-to-use administration interface available through the car’s cutting-edge entertainment system, its safe and easily accessible storage system guarantees the preservation of private information, including contacts and navigation history. This storage system symbolizes Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to seamless integration, data security, and user convenience inside the luxurious driving experience of the S-Class sedan. It may also be expanded and connected to the cloud.
Electronic Control Units
Electronic control units are installed in your vehicle. Control units process data which, for example, they receive from vehicle sensors, generate themselves or exchange between themselves. Some control units are required for the safe operation of your vehicle, some assist you when driving, such as driver assistance systems, while others enable convenience or infotainment functions. The following provides you with general information regarding data processing in the vehicle. Additional information regarding exactly which data in your vehicle are collected, saved and transmitted to third parties, and for what purpose, can be found in the information directly related to the functional characteristics in question in their respective operating instructions. This information is also available online and, depending on the vehicle equipment, digitally.
Every vehicle is identified by a unique vehicle identification number. Depending on the country, this vehicle identification number can be used by, for example, governmental authorities to determine the identity of the owner. There are other possibilities to use data collected from the vehicle to identify the owner or driver, such as the license plate number. Therefore, data generated or processed by control units may be attributable to a person or, under certain conditions, become attributable to a person. Depending on which vehicle data are available, it may be possible to make inferences about, for example, your driving behaviour, your location, your route or your use patterns.
Legal Requirements Regarding the Disclosure of Data
If legally required to do so, manufacturers are, in individual cases, legally obliged to provide governmental entities, upon request and to the extent required, data stored by the manufacturer. For example, this may be the case during the investigation of a criminal offence.
Governmental entities are themselves, in individual cases and within the applicable legal framework, authorized to read out data from the vehicle. In the case of an accident, information that can help with an investigation can, therefore, be taken from the airbag control unit, for example.
Operational Data in the Vehicle
This is data regarding the operation of the vehicle, which has been processed by control units.
This includes the following data, for example:
- Vehicle status information such as the speed, longitudinal acceleration, lateral acceleration, number of wheel revolutions or the fastened seat belts display.
- Ambient conditions, such as temperature, rain sensor or distance sensor.
Generally, the use of these data is temporary; they will not be stored beyond the period of operation and will only be processed within the vehicle itself. Control units often contain data memories for vehicle keys, for example. Their use permits the temporary or permanent documentation of technical information about the vehicle’s operating state, component loads, maintenance requirements and technical events or malfunctions.
Depending on the vehicle equipment, the following data are stored:
- Operating status of system components, such as fill levels, tire pressure or battery status.
- Malfunctions or faults in important system components, such as lights or brakes.
- System reactions in special driving situations, such as airbag deployment or the intervention of stability control systems.
- Information on events leading to vehicle damage.
In certain cases, it may be required to store data that would have otherwise been used only temporarily. This may be the case if the vehicle has detected a malfunction, for example. If you use services, such as repair services and maintenance work, stored operational data as well as the vehicle identification number can be read out and used. They can be read out by service network employees, such as workshops and manufacturers or third parties, such as break-down services. The same is true in the case of warranty claims and quality assurance measures. In general, the readout is performed via the legally prescribed port for the diagnostics connection in the vehicle. The operational data that are read out document the technical states of the vehicle or of individual components and assist in the diagnosis of malfunctions, compliance with warranty obligations and quality improvement. To that end, these data, in particular, information about component loads, technical events, malfunctions and other faults may be transmitted along with the vehicle identification number to the manufacturer. Furthermore, the manufacturer is subject to product liability. For this reason, the manufacturer also uses operational data from the vehicle, for example, for recalls. These data can also be used to examine the customer’s warranty and guarantee claims. Malfunction memories in the vehicle can be reset by a service outlet or at your request as part of repair or maintenance work.
Convenience and Infotainment Functions
You can store convenience settings and individual settings in the vehicle and change or reset them at any time.
Depending on the vehicle equipment, this includes the following settings, for example:
- Seat and steering wheel positions
- Suspension and climate control settings
- Individual settings, such as interior lighting
Depending on the selected equipment, you can import data into vehicle infotainment functions yourself.
Depending on the vehicle equipment, this includes the following data, for example:
- Multimedia data, such as music, films, or photos for playback in an integrated multimedia system
- Address book data for use in connection with an integrated hands-free system or an integrated navigation system
- Entered navigation destinations
- Data about the use of Internet services
These data for convenience and infotainment functions may be saved locally in the vehicle or they may be located on a device that you have connected to the vehicle, such as a smartphone, USB flash drive or MP3 player. If you have entered these data yourself, you can delete them at any time. This data is transmitted from the vehicle to third parties only at your request. This applies, in particular, when you use online services by the settings that you have selected.
Smartphone Integration (e.g. Android Auto or Apple Car Play®)
If your vehicle is accordingly equipped, you can connect your smartphone or another mobile end device to the vehicle. You can then control them using the control elements integrated in the vehicle. Images and audio from the smartphone can be output via the multimedia system. Certain information is simultaneously transferred to your smartphone. Depending on the type and integration, this includes position data, day/night mode and other general vehicle statuses. For more information please consult the Operator’s Manual of the vehicle/infotainment system. This integration allows the use of selected smartphone apps, such as navigation or music player apps. There is no further interaction between the smartphone and the vehicle; in particular, vehicle data is not directly accessible. The type of additional data processing is determined by the provider of the app being used. Which settings you can make, if any, depends on the specific app and the operating system of your smartphone.
Wireless Network Connection
If your vehicle has a wireless network connection, it enables data to be exchanged between your vehicle and additional systems. The wireless network connection is made possible by the vehicle’s transmitter and receiver or by a mobile end device that you have brought into the vehicle, for example, a smartphone. Online functions can be used via the wireless network connection. This includes online services and applications/apps provided to you by the manufacturer or by other providers.
Regarding the manufacturer’s online services, the individual functions are described by the manufacturer in a suitable place, for example, in the Operator’s Manual or on the manufacturer’s website, where the relevant data protection information is also given. Personal data may be used for the provision of online services. Data is exchanged via a secure connection, such as the manufacturer’s designated IT systems. Any personal data which is collected, processed, and used, other than for the provision of services, is done so exclusively based on legal permission. This is the case, for example, for a legally prescribed emergency call system, a contractual agreement or when consent has been given. You can have services and functions, some of which are subject to a fee, activated or deactivated. This excludes legally prescribed functions and services, such as an emergency call system.
Data Protection Rights
Depending on your country or the equipment and range of functions of your vehicle as well as the services you use and the services on offer, you are entitled to different data protection rights. Further information on data protection and your data protection rights can either be found on the manufacturer’s website or you will receive this information as part of the various services and service offers. There you will also find the contact information for the manufacturer and its data protection officers. At a workshop, for example, with the support of a specialist and possibly for a fee, you can have data readout which is stored only locally in the vehicle.
MBUX Multimedia System/Mercedes me Connect
If the vehicle is equipped with the MBUX multimedia system or Mercedes I connect, additional data about the vehicle’s operation, the use of the vehicle in certain situations, and the location of the vehicle may be compiled by the MBUX multi-media system or Mercedes I Connect. For additional information, please refer to the “MBUX multimedia system” section and/or the Mercedes me connect Terms and Conditions.
Event Data Recorder
This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crashes or near crash-like situations, such as an airbag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle’s systems performed. The EDR is designed to record data related to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period, typically 30 seconds or less.
The EDR in this vehicle is designed to record such data as:
- How various systems in your vehicle were operating;
- Whether or not the driver and passenger safety belts were buckled/fastened;
- How far (if at all) the driver was depressing the accelerator and/or brake pedal; and,
- How fast the vehicle was travelling.
These data can help provide a better understanding of the circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur.
NOTE: EDR data are recorded by your vehicle only if a non-trivial crash situation occurs; no data are recorded by the EDR under normal driving conditions and no personal data (e.g., name, gender, age, and crash location) are recorded. However, other parties, such as law enforcement could combine the EDR data with the type of personally identifying data routinely acquired during a crash investigation. To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment is required, and access to the vehicle or the EDR is needed. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer, other parties, such as law enforcement, that have the special equipment, can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or the EDR. EDR data may be used in civil and criminal matters as a tool in accident reconstruction, accident claims, and vehicle safety. Since the Crash Data Retrieval CDR tool that is used to extract data from the EDR is commercially available, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC („MBUSA“) expressly disclaims any liability arising from the extraction of this information by unauthorized Mercedes-Benz personnel. MBUSA will not share EDR data with others without the consent of the vehicle owners or, if the vehicle is leased, without the consent of the lessee. Exceptions to this representation include responses to subpoenas by law enforcement; by federal, state or local government; in connection with or arising out of litigation involving MBUSA or its subsidiaries and affiliates; or, as required by law.
The EDR is a component of the Restraint System Module. Tampering with, altering, modifying or removing the EDR component may result in a malfunction of the Restraint System Module and other systems. State laws or regulations regarding EDRs that conflict with federal regulation are preempted. This means that in the event of such conflict, federal regulation governs. As of Dec 2016, 17 states have enacted laws relating to EDRs.
The internal storage capacity varies depending on the model and configuration, but it typically comes equipped with a substantial amount of storage for data.
The car’s system can store various types of data, including navigation data, multimedia files, user preferences, and vehicle diagnostics.
Yes, some models might offer the option to expand storage, either through built-in options or external storage devices.
Mercedes-Benz employs robust security measures, including encryption protocols and secure access controls, to safeguard the stored data from unauthorized access.
Yes, the car’s system may allow the storage of personal data such as contacts and navigation history for convenience.
The data can typically be accessed and managed through the car’s infotainment system, which includes a user-friendly interface.
Some models may offer cloud connectivity for storage and access, allowing users to sync their data between the car and external servers.
In most cases, the data is retained within the car’s system even if the battery is disconnected. However, it’s always advisable to check the specific details for the model.
The ability to transfer data between vehicles may vary. Some data, like preferences, might be transferable, while other data may be vehicle-specific.
Yes, most modern cars, including the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, offer options to clear personal data for privacy reasons.
The system may have certain limitations on the types or formats of files it can store, typically based on compatibility with the infotainment system.
Yes, Mercedes-Benz often provides over-the-air updates that can manage and optimize stored data as part of system updates.
Some models might have backup systems to ensure data integrity and prevent loss in case of system failure.
Generally, the car’s systems are designed to operate within a range of temperatures, but extreme conditions might affect storage performance.
Access to stored data by third-party devices or accessories might be limited due to security and privacy concerns.
View Full User Guide: Mercedes-Benz S-CLASS SEDAN 2023 User Manual
Download Manuals: https://www.mbusa.com/en/owners/manuals