The talk of the country is still the bombers that terrorized Boston just two weeks ago. There's still much to learn about what motivated the alleged bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers, but we just found out that one of the unsung heroes of their capture is Mercedes and their advanced GPS telematics system.
Right after the bombings, Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaez went into hiding. But late on the night of April 18th, everything started to unravel for the two men. First, they killed a cop in Cambridge. Then, they decided to carjack a man outside the store.
That man was driving a 2013 Mercedes ML350 pictured below:
Boston authorities contacted Mercedes on April 19th to have them activate the stolen car monitoring feature equipped on the Mercedes, known as mbrace2. Mercedes did as told, which helped police track the location of the Mercedes.
The next day, Mercedes Benz USA Steve Cannon tweeted out that his company played a starring role in helping to bring down the bombers:
Just found out that our mbrace2 technology in the stolen Mercedes helped locate the Boston terrorists! Thanks to our amazing law enforcement— Steve Cannon (@SteveCannonCEO) April 20, 2013
Police caught up with the car about an hour later, and that's when the shootout that killed Tamerlan, the elder Tsarnaev brother, occurred. Within 24 hours, his brother was caught hiding inside a boat in a backyard.