The iPod will also board Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. The two Italian brands of the FIAT group (with Lamborghini the most popular manufacturers in our country in the USA) are in fact part of the now limited group of those who have reached an agreement with Apple to equip their cars with an interface compatible with the reader of digital music.
The two Italian brands for now do not let us know the technical details of the accessory, 'which will be announced later,' says Apple, but it is very likely that the solution is similar to that of both Volvo and Mercedes, as before their BMW, have already presented to the public: a connection for the iPod dock connects the player with the onboard audio system and controls it with the controls of the car radio. The same car radio (or a display in the dashboard in the case of Mercedes), shows information on the songs being played on the iPod.
At the moment, according to reports, Mercedes-Benz will offer the iPod interface on the new ?M? class cars marketed in the US starting in April; other models will follow closely to cover the entire American range. Even Volvo has already announced that the S60, S80 and V70 / XC70 models for sale in the US will have a similar system; the S40, V50 and XC90 models will use an FM transmitter with a support bracket. It is not clear if this accessory will also be marketed on Mercedes and Volvo cars for the European market.
In addition to Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Volvo also Nissan will present the iPod interface on its cars. As in the case of the FIAT group cars, no details on the release date and technical specifications were announced.
Recall that the first manufacturer to equip its cars with an interface for the iPod was BMW (which also controls Mini-Cooper), now last spring.