Benjamin Preston for the NYT Wheels Blog:
The world has seen plenty of cars equipped with iPhone connectors, but vehicles incorporating iPhone features into the car’s infotainment system are still pretty rare. Volkswagen said that its 2014 iBeetle, to be unveiled at the Shanghai auto show this weekend, is the company’s first model offered with a built-in iPhone dock, custom Beetle app and smartphone functions intertwined with the car’s onboard electronics.
Volkswagen said it collaborated with Apple to create the iBeetle, making it possible to use an iPhone to listen to music, navigate, make hands-free calls and even monitor the car’s engine functions.
John Gruber’s commentary:
Sounds cool. Hope it’s not the Volkswagen Rokr.
Personally, I hope it is. That would increase the likelihood of seeing a proper Apple car by several percentage points.