• Jun 25, 2008

While many carmakers have worked seemless iPod integration into their vehicles – a surprising make-it-or-break-it factor for many buyers – Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will offer iPhone integration in its automobiles.

The feature will include a docking cradle in the center armrest between the driver and front passenger seats, with the device's phone and audio functions navigable via controls on the steering wheel. The kit will be offered starting in August, can be retrofitted to previous model-year vehicles and will be offered on new vehicles as an option. Although US pricing has yet to be announced, the feature costs the equivalent of $389 in Europe.

[Source: KickingTires]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet, with the $200 I'm saving on the new iPhone I can now afford the Mercedes.

      Oh wait, no I can't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally something reasonable coming out from Mercedes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet...
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats pretty slick
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty big waste of space if you don't have an iphone.
      at least make the spot usable for other stuff too. Like for hidding your pet rocks, or a cool looking acorn you find, maybe they can even make it usable for my high tech device that I have been using long before the iphone, something that never requires recharging, and never has glitches, pen and paper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can never have enough spots for you're cool looking acorns. I am thinking this is an option so if you do not have an iPhone, you just dont go for this option.
          • 6 Years Ago
          crap! - "your acorns, not you are acorns"
      • 6 Years Ago
      im pretty sure i saw that offered on the new 3 series on bmwusa.com

      • 6 Years Ago
      I just connect my iPhone 3G to iPod connector in my merc and by surprise you still can listen and search music through your console wheel. Merc phone of course not working but i believe its everything to do with Merc software; simple update should make iPhone be able to be used with iPod connector, in terms of calling through your console as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With my original iphone the Mercedes doc connector gave control through my console in addition to powering the iphone. But now with the new 3g version, I have lost the ability to power the iphone. Is anyone else having this problem?
      • 6 Years Ago
      silly, silly , silly...I'm guessing 1 in 1000 Merc owners have an iphone...

      What about my more useful and equally imporant PocketPC phone and the 101 OTHER versions of this buy OTHER makers...

      silly, silly, silly...
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they did that, the Press wouldn't report on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm really quite amazed at how this little rectangle of technology has been gifted with its own throne in so many vehicles. A "make-it-or-break-it factor" pretty much sums it up.
      Mr. Jobs surely must be proud.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And yet another car maker thinks we're all iSheep.

      Rather unfortunate, if you ask me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just dont get it as an option if you dont have an iPhone. It is available to the many people that do have an iPhone that want it. Obviously, the iPhone is popular enough that it make integration options a good idea.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's only unfortunate if you *buy* the option and lack an industry-leading device. When a product (e.g. the iPod/iPhone interface standard) owns well over 80% of the entire market for portable music, it's not bloody unfortunate that a company see that marketshare and react with products the owners *want*. Of course, if you're just being a stupid fanboi, then by all means, whine away.
        • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good move for Daimler--within next year half of mercedes buyers will carry an iPhone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        iPhones are all the rage in Europe. This union, and others to follow, now makes sense.
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