A person could now enjoy his Apple iPhone inside the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class vehicle, thanks to the new car integration applications developed by the carmaker for gadget’s users. Mercedes-Benz is now using two new applications – Digital DriveStyle App and the Drive Kit Plus for the Apple iPhone – to allow drivers to access all the key content of their Apple iPhone via the in-vehicle display of the carmaker’s A-Class.
The applications also allow drivers to safely and conveniently operate their iPhones via the Controller located at the vehicle’s center armrest. Drivers could also enjoy the A-Class’ attractive 'look' thanks to the revolutionary user interface design.
Soon enough, drivers could look forward to enjoying driving and messaging at the same time, as the Mercedes-Benz will enable access to the voice-based intelligent personal assistant Siri in the vehicle. Siri uses natural language user interface, doing away with the need for specific voice commands, to send messages, select music track, make appointments or check the weather.
The driver can even use all the iPhone integration functions with the entry-level Audio 20 system. The comprehensive integration of the Apple iPhone into the A-Class model is in conjunction with the vehicle’s new revolutionary user interface design.
This pioneering innovation allows Mercedes-Benz to provide the current generation with a natural home on four-wheels, inside the new A-Class. Developed by Daimler, the "Digital DriveStyle App” offers more services and content available to download free of charge from the Apple iTunes store.
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz Head of Design, says that translating Mercedes-Benz’s new dynamic style into the compact class had been a challenge, but a fun one at that. According to him, no other vehicle in this segment can compare to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class when it comes to being progressive. And the A-Class’ sculptural shape is typically Benz. The character lines, especially those found on the sides, give the A-Class terseness and structure. Moreover, the car’s new dynamic style is also very apparent in its interior.
The new A-Class’ exterior design is marked out by tautly drawn surfaces and defined edges. What’s more, the constant interplay between the car’s convex and concave surfaces creates a play of light, especially along the sides, thus contributing to its unique look.
Typical features for the A-Class include its long and sporty front, its separate headlamps, its pronounced V-shape, its radiator grille carrying the Mercedes star and the double slats to either of the star’s sides, and its additional air intakes. The car’s "dropping line," which is apparent in its side profile, dissipates to the front end. Moreover, the headlamp design, together with the light function configuration within these headlamps, is a key design element.
Additionally, the headlamp’s light modules and LEDs have been arranged so as to create a characteristic "flare effect" for indicators and daytime driving lights. This so-called "flare" is actually made up of a feature line in the headlamp, the indicators’ bulb sets, and the daytime running lamps’ LED modules. This signature effect creates the energetic look for the car and helps define a new and youthful face for the brand.
Lastly, the impressive interplay between the car’s dynamic design and its outstanding aerodynamics is most apparent in its roof, which sports smooth surfaces as well as taut, arching curve. The car’s silhouette also shows smooth and flowing lines that finish in a flat edge. Also, the roof spoiler conveniently hides the aerials, provides an additional sporty touch, and lends structure to the roof’s assembly.