Smart owners may have limited infotainment options for their Fortwo coupes and convertibles, but things just got a bit better for owners with iPhones. The German microcar maker now offers an iPhone application and dock that integrate with the car's audio system.
Smart's setup pairs an iPhone app with a dealer-accessory docking station. The dock is conveniently mounted next to the radio for ease of use, and the app features large icons for improved visibility. Once the app is installed, the dock not only allows all the iPhone's audio to be routed directly through the vehicle's audio system, but it also keeps the phone charged. Music from iTunes libraries and Internet radio can be piped through the car's speakers, and when a phone call comes in, music is conveniently muted for hands-free conversations.
Full navigation functionality won't be available for another few months, but points of interest can be located through the software. The app is also available as a standalone item, without the docking station.
Earlier this year, a similar system debuted for Smart's European customers, and it first appeared in the U.S. at the New York auto show last spring. If you're interested in the full setup, the cradle is offered for $300 plus the cost of installation, which should take less than an hour at a Smart dealership. While the dock is an optional accessory to complement the $10 app's capability, customers who do choose the cradle will be gifted a $10 iTunes credit.
With Smart now jumping on the iPhone connectivity bandwagon like many others, should automakers support other mobile platforms, including BlackBerry and Android?