Mercedes-Benz A-Class To Integrate With iPhone 4S And Siri

Mercedes-Benz A-Class To Integrate With iPhone 4S And Siri

Continuing the trend of luxury cars integrating with luxury smartphones, Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil its new A-Class at the Geneva Motor Show next month. While it’s certainly not the German automaker’s most expensive option (priced at £16,045, or $21,453), the A-Class will be the first to let you use Siri from the comfort of your steering wheel.

The vehicle’s updated COMAND ‘infotainment’ system will revolve around the iPhone 4S and Siri. Wunderbar!

Autoblog reports:

The new Digital DriveStyle app allows drivers to stream AUPEO! radio (Europe’s equivalent to Pandora), connect with Facebook and Twitter to read out status updates, find your car in a crowded parking lot and get real-time traffic data and point-of-interest searches through a new Garmin navigation system. All of which is available with the entry-level “Audio 20’ setup.

Mercedes will be the first automaker to support Siri, allowing one to make appointments, change songs, send messages, and more with the digital assistant. A docked iPhone 4S will integrate with the car’s speakers.

This seamless integration of the Apple iPhone into the vehicle, in conjunction with the new revolutionary user interface design, means that Mercedes-Benz is now able to offer the Facebook generation its natural home on four wheels, in the form of the new A-Class. Along with Facebook, Twitter and so on, the “Digital DriveStyle App” developed by Daimler offers further services and content to suit the digital lifestyle and will be available to download free of charge from the Apple iTunes store.

iPhone 4S and Siri support will only be available in the Euro-only A-Class initially, although Mercedes says that the technology will be coming to the B-, C-, and E-Class models later this year.

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  • Bob Forsberg

    Having the iPhone dock into the dash would actually be worth reading about,

  • Viseeo Triamp

    You can integrate Apple SIRI with your older Mercedes using ViseeO’s MB-4 Bluetooth Upgrade Adaptor. This unit is free installation and allows you to launch SIRI assistant directly from your Mercedes console keypads! Here is the video demo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

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