February 24, 2012
Mercedes Benz A-Class to come integrated with Siri
Mercedes-Benz is publicly displaying its love for Apple by making its much-famed Siri voice assistant the core of the A-Class’ infotainment system. The automaker’s Drive Plus Kit will integrate the driver’s iPhone with the vehicle electronics platform. It will work in concert with Mercedes-Benz’ Digital DriveStyle App to display iPhone applications on the infotainment system screen. It will thus allow the user to access approved iPhone features and applications.
The free app here will add Twitter, Facebook, and AUPEO! Personal Radio to the car’s infotainment system. It also adds Garmin navigation, which seems to replace CD or DVD-based systems. The user can use the controller dial on the centre control to select and change music stations, update statuses, and send messages in apps. Or he can instead use the Siri assistant to do all of that for him. Mercedes-Benz is going to be the first one in the industry to integrate Siri with the car’s electronics platform.