More and more cars are coming with smartphone integration, and the 2014 Volkswagen iBeetle Convertible and standard iBeetle are just two of them. The cars have already been seen by the media at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, which can be seen in the image above.
The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible for sale in 2013 along with the other model will come with an iPhone integrated into the dash, and will make use of the iPhones features thanks to its built-in docking station.
According to Apple Insider, users will be able to take advantage of several features, such as hands-free calls, navigation with Apple Maps (not in California) listening to your favorite tunes via iTunes or Spotify and so much more.
As yet Volkswagen has not announced what versions of the iPhone will be supported with the new dock, but we assume it would be the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 5, although we will just have to wait and see what happens.
One of the features we like thanks to the use of the iBeetle app is a text message being read to you through the car speakers, which is an important safety feature because there have been so many accidents where people read their texts while driving.
For those with an older Beetle, it’s not sure if there will be a retrofit kit, but we are sure Volkswagen will release details in time. However, some VW owners say that they can already do most of the features as the iBeetle via Bluetooth, so have no need for a dock. Although, it is much better to have the phone where you can see it, in case you will need to use it for directions.
The thought of picking up a phone while driving is not something you should be doing, so having a built-in dock is a way to help improve safety, something the Volkswagen iBeetle Convertible will surely achieve?