Smart built this giant-size iPhone to show off the app. It's fully functional and allows show goers to use pinch gestures to zoom in and out. It demonstrates the navigation function, music, including the web radio application, the phone system and Smart assistance.
Smart's iPhone app is designed for use inside its ForTwo hatch. Smart Drive's main menu includes buttons for navigation, phone, music and assistance. The phone function duplicates the iPhone's own phone application, but the buttons are bigger and designed to be used while driving; phone calls and audio play through the Smart's stereo.
You'll not only be able to listen to music stored on an iPhone via the car's speakers, the app also has access to streaming web radio.
When you unplug the iPhone from the Smart car cradle, the app will remember your location. It will then helpfully guide you back there should you be unsure about whether you parked in the Itchy lot or the Scratchy lot.
The factory-installed Smart iPhone cradle costs €249 (AU$370). The basic app will cost €10 (AU$15), with turn-by-turn navigation priced at €50 (AU$75) annually.
The basic app includes on-board points-of-interest data and online maps supplied by Bing. Maps for the turn-by-turn navigation upgrade (Europe and US only, at this stage) are stored on the iPhone. The turn-by-turn nav upgrade features text-to-speech for spoken street names, as well as traffic warnings.