Mercedes has a number of “firsts” in its collection: first diesel production car, first passenger road car with brakes on all four wheels, first with “safety cage”, first 7-speed transmission…the list goes on.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month and Mercedes will showcase a completely revamped COMAND infotainment system. The user interface is known to implement a brand new modern design as well as a long list of features and functions, nearly all of which appear to be sculpted around the Apple iPhone 4S.
Mercedes-Benz‘s Press Release notes that the COMAND system will be integrated with the iPhone via the “Digital DriveStyle App” and the “Drive Kit Plus for the Apple iPhone” to display the contents of the phone directly onto the vehicle’s display and controls using the Controller on the center armrest.
Among its many features, the Digital DriveStyle App will allow the drivers to stream AUPEO! radio, read status updates from Facebook and Twitter, share and post status updates and music over social media, find your car, fetch real-time traffic information, online POI searches, 3D map display – all on the new Garmin navigation system, and more.
Most notably, the A-Class will be the first vehicle to integrate Apple’s Siri voice-recognition technology into its system. The potential behind Siri is quite endless, as many of you have figured with the Siri Proxy applications. Integration with Siri will allow the driver to give verbal instructions to schedule meetings, call a friend, send a text message, check the weather and obviously much more – all done hands-free (well you probably would have to toggle the Siri button but still).
We’ve already seen folks turning their cars on with Siri using a Siri Proxy, so Siri integration by the automobile makers does seem like the next logical step moving forward.
The features will be available only for the Euro-market A-Class at first and will be expanded to the B-, C-, and E-Class model lineups this Fall.
Check out the Press Release for more details.
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