Towen7 said:Ive often envisioned a system where the user drops his phone in a slot in dash or center console and the car's display would just be an extension of the phone. The phone would handle navigation with whatever app youre used to, the phone would handle handfree calls and messaging with whateve interface your used to, the phone would handle any music/entertainment via tha apps that you are used to. For such a seemless sytem to work the automakers and cell phone makers would need to agree on standards to make it possible for the owner to change devices without loosing integration functiobality.
I don't see that level of standardization happening any time soon... If ever.
Pioneer makes an app radio specifically for the iPhone, and without an iPhone it's almost useless. I have considered this for my Saabaru but it's a $400 fm tuner if I switch to windows..".and I've heard it's interface is slow.
Flint is right, a Bluetooth enabled radio is pretty much all you need now. The Sync in Kate's ford almost instantly attaches to my iPhone. The Kenwood in my car takes around a minute to recognize the device. I'm tempted to put a a mount for a 7" tablet in front of my radio and use it as a carputer of sorts.
Bing maps are as good as a gps minus the speech, I find bing maps superior to google.