OnStar is soooo 2007. Rather than building some kind of old school cell phone telematics system into its cars, Mini is going the hip, modern route for roadside assistance. Mini USA has collaborated with insurance company Allstate to create an Apple iPhone app (also available for some GPS-equipped Blackberries) for owners to automatically call for roadside assistance. When you install the app, you put in your vehicle ID number and select a photo of your car if you want.
When Apple debuted its second generation iPhone 3G, the inclusion of GPS hardware suggested that the everything device might soon replace that TomTom suction-cupped to your windshield by offering real turn-by-turn directions. Other phones offer this functionality, but for whatever reason, Apple forbid it on the iPhone despite the device technically having the capability to pull it off.
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.
For those living under a rock, you'll be surprised to learn that Apple announced a new iPhone today that, along with 3G support for faster downloads, features GPS built into the popular phone. While current iPhones can pinpoint your location and provide a Google Map to a destination, they can't hold your hand while traveling and let you know when to turn. The new iPhone available July 11th will be able to do just that like GPS nav systems from well known manufacturers like TomTom or Garmin. We d