BMW and Apple Computer have announced new
iPod-compatible cars that will let drivers flick between songs without
taking their hands from their steering wheels.
The cars will connect to the iPod, with drivers able to charge up their
music players or listen to songs on their iPod through the car stereo,
with the iPods designed to sit in the BMW's glove box.
For the BMW X3, X5, 3 Series and Z4, the steering wheel will come with
an iPod control built in, based on the familiar interface from car CD
players. Other BMW models will be able to recharge an iPod and connect
it to the car's stereo, but won't come equipped with the steering wheel
The iPod-BMW deal has already gone down well in the United States.
North America has been able to get hold of the iPod-compatible model 5
since July and an Apple spokesman said there's still a six-week waiting
list for the cars.
BMW isn't the first car manufacturer to bring iPod compatible models to
Europe. Smart cars made by Mercedes have been available with iPod
functionality in Germany since this June.
Earlier this summer, the two companies released a US$150 adapter
that plugs iPods into BMWs. While no definitive date has been given for
the full release of the iPod BMWs, Apple has said BMW will fully
support the iPod beginning this autumn.
Jo Best of Silicon.com reported from London.