Mercedes released the first official image of the 2013 A-Class interior, teasing the car’s high-end connectivity features.
It is so advanced they call it the iPhone on wheels. That refers to the comprehensive integration of the smartphone into the user experience concept of the new A-Class. That is made possible using a new “Digital DriveStyle App”, developed in-house, together with the „Drive Kit Plus for the Apple iPhone.
The app lets you access all your phone’s content through the in-vehicle display and enjoy safe and convenient operation of the device via the Controller on the center armrest.
What’s more, the system will enable access to the voice-based intelligent companion Siri in the vehicle. This allows natural speech input, without the need for specific commands, to send messages, select music tracks and check the weather forecast or stock prices, as well as to make appointments.
It will certainly work a damn sight better than Mercedes’ own linguatronic system.
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. Its highlights include:
Personalised internet radio by AUPEO! Personal Radio, which offers radio stations that compile an individual program for listeners and recommend similar music by genre or artists based on personal taste.
The advanced navigation software from Garmin, with internet-based real-time traffic information, online POI searches and 3D map display, all of which work even in combination with the entry-level multimedia system Audio 20
A socially interactive experience involving “sharing”, “posting” and the integration of music and other content from social networks including text-to-speech.
An intuitive ‘Car Finder’ which automatically stores the vehicle’s location. Pedestrian navigation makes it completely easy to find your way back to the car.
Access to the voice-based intelligent companion Siri™.