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Smart iPhone app and Drive Kit now available

Kharl Prado August 11, 2010

Been waiting for Smart’s drive app for your iPhone? Well, wait no more. The app is now available on the iTunes App Store for $9.99. And you may want to get the Smart Drive Kit as well. It’s a cradle that enables advanced telematics using the iPhone app. You could now buy the cradle at any Smart dealerships all around the country. Remember, both the app and the kit are for sole use on the Smart Fortwo.

The Smart Drive Kit lets you charge your iPhone directly in your Fortwo while also integrating audio to your in-car entertainment system. The app and kit combo has actually been awarded with the “Best Portable Telematics Solution” in the 2010 Telematics Update Awards. These two turns your iPhone into a versatile console wherein you can access information and multimedia right in the comfort of your Fortwo.

If you buy the Smart Drive Kit from any Smart dealership in the US, you’ll get a $10 complimentary gift card which you can use on the Apple iTunes store. So it’s like saying that, “Hey, you buy a kit and we’ll pay for your app!” Sounds like a nice deal, ain’t it?

Mercedes-Benz created the app to be extremely user-friendly. You can upgrade it to have a full navigation system complete with destination guidance, on-screen map, voice instructions detailing each turn you have to take as well as real-time traffic information. It’s pretty much a done deal. Now, all you have to do is visit a Smart dealer, or check out https://www.smartusa.com/driveapp for more info.


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Comments (3)

  1. It is a terrible decision every time to charge one’s own customers for an app. Unless of course your business is that app. I am ignorant to what difficulties they encountered in order for them to think the iTunes card subsidy was required but why not just make the app free and it can only be used with the kit. Simpler to understand right?

  2. Seems expensive just to hook up to radio system. They keep referring to “telematics solution”. When the control interface is installed at the dealer, is there any connection to the car ODBII or car computer in any way?

    If the app could monitor RPM, and other ODBII data it would be worth every penny. Radio audio integration and big iPhone buttons just to get to functions that are already available on the iPhone seems silly. Keeping the iPhone charged and in a handy place is nice but not for $300 plus installation. We own 2 Smarts and have iPhones. If they announce integration beyond the radio, I would buy in a heart beat. Otherwise we will keep using audio “Aux” jack in glove box, which works great.

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