iPhone Drive Kit Plus
Your iPhone connects you to your world. Now you can stay connected on the road. The iPhone Drive Kit Plus allows you to easily enjoy your favorite features of the iPhone from the comfort of your Mercedes-Benz. It seamlessly integrates a variety of social, navigation and media apps, including Facebook, Twitter® and Google Places™, along with Internet radio and AUPEO!™ Personal Radio, with the multimedia system and controls in your car, and the powerful voice control of Siri™. MSRP $599
Contact your dealer for details.
Mercedes-Benz is now offering Quickpark parking assistance on vehicles that do not have Parktronic installed. The included vehicles are the w204, x204, and w211 (GLK, C Class, E Class). It can be added to all vehicles except AMG models.
Through the use of ultrasound signals, the Quickpark system employs an audible tone to detect and warn of obstacles in the system’s rear field of view, allowing for easier parking and damage avoidance.
– Distance sensors can be painted to match vehicle color
– System engages when in reverse gear
– Quickpark will disengage when towing a trailer.
It should list for around $450 plus install from your local dealer. As usual let me know if you have any questions.
Here are some additional photos of the UMI interface in action. The biggest advantage of the UMI is the ability to control your iPod or iPhone from the COMMAND controller versus your multi-function steering wheel with the regular iPod integration kit. I have included what the real-time traffic screen looks like. Navigation controls are easy to use. You can control your view point from your COMMAND controller… heading up, birds eye view and settings in between by simply pull back or pushing forward on the controller. The I use the UMI the more I am impressed with it. I think for current C-Class owners who want navigation this is a no brainer.
Thanks to someone who happend to read my blog and let it be know. An adaptor has been made to fix this problem. It is made by Scosche. You can purchase it at the Apple store. Its called the passPORT. Here is the link for more information or for purchase.
Mercedes-Benz has received a number of reports stating our clients in model year 2006-2009 vehicles with either the iPod interface or Media interface system are having charging problems with new 3g iPhones, 2nd generation iPod Touch and new 4th generation iPods. This is not a Mercedes-Benz defect, but a change in the Apple circuit design. When Apple produced their new products they changed the charging pin or charging circuit. The Apple products do function correctly but it does not charge the product.
I will keep you updated with any news from Mercedes-Benz.