Kleer has been boasting about their patented technology for awhile now, promising that they, and not Bluetooth, are the future of high-def wireless audio. Despite that, though, most of us have yet to see Kleer in action, but all of that is about to change. SMSC said Daimler AG has selected SMSC’s Kleer wireless audio technology as part of the rear seat entertainment system for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class models, which also feature the MOST multimedia networking standard.
Called as Automotive Infotainment System, the unit uses extremely little power reserves, which means your head sets last long between battery recharges. Car owner can pick from a variety of third-party head or ear phones supporting Kleer. In addition to its high audio quality and low power consumption, Kleer technology also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth co-existence capabilities, so Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled devices can all be used simultaneously in the vehicle with no interference.
But it’s not just headsets–they’ll also be offering up headrest-mounted video screens to help generate that wireless signal. Thus, occupants of the Mercedes in question will be able to use Kleer headphones (or other similar, compatible models) that will in turn allow users to select their audio stream of choice.
Needless to say, this is a luxury feature for right now, but if we know that Kleer is owned by SMSC, the same company who makes audio equipment for less premium automakers like Toyota and Volvo, so maybe us poor suckers can hope for Kleer support in our cars sooner rather than later.