Mercedes-Benz to Support Pandora Radio with MIP

Posted by at 8:22 am on October 20, 2010

German automaker Mercedes-Benz USA has announced a Media Interface Plus (MIP) for its cars that will let smartphone owners play Pandora Internet radio through their vehicle’s sound system.

The plug-and-play cable is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 and a variety of BlackBerry devices.  The MIP connects to the Media Interface in the glovebox or center armrest.  The iPhone Pandora streaming is accomplished through a USB cable, while BlackBerry owners will need to stream it over Bluetooth.

Oddly, tracks stored on the i iPhone need to be streamed over Bluetooth as well. Connected Apple devices will be charged while plugged in, and owners can control basic functions using their vehicle’s radio or steering wheel controls.

iPhone owners will have the option of playing back audio and video on the cars’ navigation screen. Video can only be shown when the car is stationary and requires an additional cable. Phonebooks can be downloaded to the car’s infotainment system as well for voice-guided dialing.

The MIP costs $289 and will work on Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the Media Interface.

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