Smart Develops iPhone Integration, App for Navigation, Calling, Music

Smart announced it will offer an iPhone application and cradle for its ForTwo models. Although the car may have limited connectivity options, Smart has utilized the iPhone's capabilities and fully exploited them to operate harmoniously with its existing audio systems.

With the setup, a driver can now access Internet radio, MP3 playlists, and hands-free calling through the car's audio system. Buttons on the iPhone's screen have been enlarged for quick and easy use. In its most basic form, the Smart Drive app also shows the car's position on a map, while full turn-by-turn navigation access can be acquired for an extra fee. Once you've arrived at your destination, simply remove the phone and it will remember where you've parked, guiding you back if necessary.

Smart is working on adding more content to the setup for the near future. The setup will allow the iPhone to be connected to a discrete windshield-mounted camera that will observe traffic signs and could potentially help warn the driver of various conditions -- including speeding.

Although it isn't confirmed for the U.S. market, we wouldn't be surprised to see a similar setup arrive in North America in the future. Pricing for the cradle will likely come in around $325 installed. The app may run $13, but the annual navigation fee would run an extra $70.

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