Introducing The VW iBeetle: The Fully-Integrated iPhone Car


Volkswagen's iBeetle was recently unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, and is the first car to fully integrate the VW car with the iPhone 5.

VW's official press release states that the two of the most popular products of the modern era will combine later in the year, in the form of the Beetle from VW and the iPhone from Apple. The iPhone will be able to communicate with the iBeetle by using a tailor-made app and docking station, causing the iPhone to be fully integrated into the car.

The car boasts a number of features, including special iBeetle branding, 18 inch alloy wheels that resemble the iPod wheel, leather seats, chrome pack as well as an iPhone interface. The interface allows the user's iPhone to be fitted into the dashboard and all functions of the iPhone can then be used directly in the car. An app is being developed, that allows the user to use the data connection of the phone. The apps has seven driving modes, namely Postcard, Expert, Trainer, Milestone, Reader, Post and Photos. Each mode will have different features, but most focus on music and social media connectivity meaning that music can be streamed from services such as Spotify, and users can listen to updates from Twitter and Facebook. The app will also allow users to upload photos to a large variety of social media sites while driving through Postcard, Photos and Post mode.

In addition to social media features, the iPhone can display extra information from the iBeetle when in Expert mode, acting like an extra piece of on board instrumentation. The iPhone can then display readings such as G-forces, coolant temperatures, chronometer as well as a compass. The iPhone will also display driving times and fuel efficiency, and will be able to share these with any social media networking sites. With all that expensive tech and gadgetry in one Beetle-sized bundle, it's important to find a comprehensive insurance policy to protect both the phone and the vehicle, otherwise you could find yourself losing out on some very expensive kit due to one error.

The iBeetle will be sold in two different forms, namely a convertible as well as a coupe, and will be available in shades of black, white and silver to cement the relationship between the car and the iPhone. The aluminium dock will take pride of place in the dashboard, with the iPhone being the central feature in the dashboard.

While VW is not the first vehicle manufacturer to combine iPhone features into the car, with other manufacturers allowing the driver to access voice command features without having to touch the phone, but the iBeetle is definitely the first car to make the iPhone 5 such an integral feature in the car's interior, and allowing for such a wide variety of features that can be accessed from the phone. It starts a new era of smartphone integration with vehicles, which can only push both car and phone technologies forward into the future.

The iBeetle will be available in 2014, with pre-orders starting in October 2013.

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