Apple and Volkswagen Team Up for iBeetle

German automaker Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY  ) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) have partnered to unveil the iBeetle, a model of the former's iconic car that will integrate directly with an iPhone.

Both the Beetle and Beetle Convertible will interface with the iPhone through a specialty app and docking station built directly into the dashboard.

The specialized models will launch in early 2014, and will debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show this month. Once docked, all of the iPhone's functions can be used within the car, including navigation, hands-free calling, and music listening, among others. The Beetle app will allow functions such as measuring oil and coolant temperatures, sending the car's location to friends as a digital postcard, and sending photos taken inside the car directly to social networks.

Volkswagen said the iBeetle is one of the first cars to feature this level of integration with iPhones after collaborating with Apple. The company also said the styling of colors and equipment features would be similar to Apple's design aesthetic.

Source: Volkswagen.



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  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2013, at 2:14 PM, claude043 wrote:

    Another untapped innovation opportunity for a company like Apple, with deep computing, system integration, and telecommunications expertise, to broaden their market into new areas. Such expertise is an invaluable ingredient of success. Car makers don't have it, and cannot hope to get it in a reasonable time, but with partnership help they can leap ahead.

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    And it will cost twice as much as a regular Beetle. Haha!

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