Volkswagen Debuts the iBeetle [Photos]

Posted April 22, 2013 at 2:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8257 views

Volkswagen has announced the iBeetle, one of the first vehicles to have a 'genuine integrative interface' for the iPhone that was coordinated with Apple. The model will be available as a Coupe and Convertible and features colors and equipment that are stylistically linked with Apple. The iPhone will interface with the Beetle and Beetle Convertible via a specially developed app and a docking station.

The newly designed docking station is located centrally on the dashboard of the Beetle: the iPhone simply snaps in to integrate it with the car. Essentially, all iPhone functions can be used in the Beetle; the iPhone can be used to navigate, make calls hands-free, listen to music, and much more.

The Beetle app
When this special app is launched on an iPhone, it can either connect the phone to the Beetle via the docking station or wirelessly. Each option allows for different app functions to be accessed:

● Spotify: lets users stream media such as new songs, customized playlists or online radio stations into the Beetle. Those who wish can post their favorite music directly to friends. In addition, users in the Beetle can switch between “Spotify” and “iTunes” at any time.
● Expert: offers five functions which make the iPhone an extended on-board instrument of the Beetle, such as a G-Meter (for measuring lateral acceleration), oil and coolant temperature gauges for the engine, a chronometer, and a compass.
● Trainer: can be used to compare driving times, distances, and fuel economy values for different routes between any two destinations. Here, too, tips can be posted via social networks like Twitter and Facebook—such as which route is faster to the office.
● Reader: lists the latest messages from social networks like Facebook, and reads iPhone messages aloud.
● Postcard: Sends the current location of the Beetle to friends as a digital postcard with a map motif.
● Photo: Sends photos taken inside the car to numerous social networks. Simply activate it, and the app does the rest.
● Milestones: Available when the smartphone is undocked. Rewards its users with virtual “milestone stickers” for the Beetle when certain tasks have been completed.

The iBeetle will be available in early 2014 and comes with other customized features in addition to the standard iPhone interface. On the exterior, they include standard features such as 18-inch “Disc” alloy wheels (painted in “Galvano Grey” with chrome wheel covers), door mirror housings and side trim panels (above the sill) in “Galvano Grey”, black door sill plates with the “iBeetle” signature, “iBeetle” chrome badges (on the front fender) and a “Chrome pack” (includes chrome trim strips on the sides). In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in “Candy White”, “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”, “Black Monochrome”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Platinum Grey”, or “Reflex Silver”.

Inside, steering wheel accents and the dash pad are executed in “Galvano Grey”. The iBeetle is also upgraded by a customized shift lever grip, black sport seats in “Vienna” leather, and contrasting seams in light “Ceramique”.

Take a look at a few photos below...

[via Desire This]





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Sean - April 24, 2013 at 2:22am
But with which connector is the dock going to be? Lighting or 30pin???
Anthony - April 23, 2013 at 2:09pm
All u guys need to get the fu@& out of the hood...... #AppleNation
JoshvanHulst - April 23, 2013 at 2:00am
Wow now that's technology done right!
Rockne1865 - April 22, 2013 at 4:54pm
Re snarky S America comments they have special IPhone police in NY, so if your from the US I wouldn't feel to Damm superior! There are people here in the good old US that will key your because its too new! We got songs about girlfriends proudly trashing your pickup!
Steve - April 22, 2013 at 3:45pm
Latin America is not a country.
Motorola - April 22, 2013 at 4:09pm
I believe "Gaijin" referred to countries IN, not that Latin America is a country, he said "some countries IN"...
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