updated 02:25 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2007
LeftLane News reports that Apple is developing an in-car navigation system for Mercedes-Benz that will debut in 2009 car models. The interface will likely bear strong resemblance to the iPhone, offering a touchscreen interface and borrowing the device's slick Google Maps integration. The move is speculatively an attempt to best BMW's widely criticized iDrive computerized vehicle control and navigation system. According to reports, the first 2009 models sporting the new navigation technology are likely to show up in mid to late 2008 -- roughly 12 to 16 months from now.