Palm and and Audi of America have unveiled a system that will allow owners of some high-end Audi models to control a Treo 650 smartphone without ever having to take their hands off the wheel.
Audi drivers will be able to use the Treo 650’s advanced calling features without ever touching the smartphone.
After initiating Bluetooth communications between the Treo 650 and the car, drivers will be able to use the steering-wheel controls, MMI controls on the dashboard, or the optional voice recognition to do the following:
- Pick up or ignore incoming calls;
- Dial outgoing calls;
- View active call status, including caller ID;
- View the Treo 650’s call history;
- Dial from Treo 650 favorites, speed dials, or call logs;
- Access Treo 650 voice-mail;
- Manage multiple incoming calls; and
- View carrier information, including signal strength and roaming status.
Bluetooth comes built-in to this smartphone and will be standard in every 2006 Audi A8 and A6, so no extra purchase is required for Treo 650 owners who also own one of these new Audi models.
Bluetooth technology also is available on the 2006 Audi A3 and 2006 Audi A4 and S4 sedans and Avants when the vehicles are equipped with the optional phone preparation.
In addition, Audi of America plans to introduce a phone cradle that allows the customer to securely dock the Treo 650 in the car’s center arm rest. This will provides a connection to the vehicle’s external antenna for optimal reception as well as a power supply that charges the Treo 650 while in the cradle.
Customers will be able to purchase this cradle from their local Audi dealer this fall.