For businesses, Zoom rapidly became the blessing and the bane of the pandemic as companies pivoted to conducting hours of daily meetings virtually. It kept operations going, but there was no escape.
Automakers noticed, and now they are bringing the office into the car by making Zoom available on dashboard screens.
Both Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen Group, maker of Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley, are now integrating third-party video apps including Zoom and TikTok into their vehicle infotainment systems but with safety precautions that the automakers say will prevent distracted driving.
"There is a demand from our customers that they would like to use conferencing tools" in the car, said Alexander Schoenhals, a Mercedes-Benz engineer who worked on the third-party app integrations.