By Drew Johnson
Wednesday, Jun 25th, 2008 @ 11:40 am
With electronic gadgetry becoming more and more a part of everyday life, cars are rapidly changing to accommodate the latest in mobile electronics. IPod integration is quickly becoming the norm in the automotive world and it looks as though Apple's other popular product - the iPhone - will be following suit.

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a new device that integrates the iPhone into its cars' center console. The device is essentially a cradle that places the iPhone in between the driver's and passenger's seats and allows for iPhone controls via the car's steering wheel-mounted controls.

Once hooked up to the cradle, all phone and audio functions are accessible, according to

Mercedes' crop of 2009 vehicles should be available with the new iPhone connectivity, but owners of 2008 and older MB vehicles won't be completely left out in the cold. Mercedes is planning to offer an iPhone kit that can be retrofitted into its older vehicles, which should hit the market in August.

Pricing for the kit has yet to be announced but it is expected to retail for the relatively low price of about $400.