VW says that its iBeetle, developed with Apple, is the first vehicle with fully-integrated iPhone at the Shanghai auto show .
Present at the Shanghai auto show, the iBeetle was developed in partnership with Apple and used the Beetle app, which includes Spotify for sharing and streaming of music, and displaying info as part of the instrument panel. The model comes as a convertible or coupe and the available colors are Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, Candy White, Black Monochrome, Deep Black Pearl Effect and Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect.
The interior design impresses with the aluminum effect dashboard and the iPhone has a specially designed docking cradle holding the phone in the landscape mode. Thanks to the special Beetle app the iPhone’s and the car’s interfaces become one and the driver has instant access to navigation, can send e-mails, make calls or even text-to-voice messages.
Currently, VW is also working on custom applications for the iPhone 5, such as checking info on oil and coolant temperatures, G-force measurements when the car is taking a corner or even a compass view so assure the driver he/she is heading in the right direction. Owners of iBeetle vehicles will have the possibility to compare different routes when it comes to time, total distance and fuel use.