Apple and Chrysler used the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to announce the car maker's scheme to become the first US automaker to provide full iPod integration as an option in most of its 2006 models.
The manufacturer makes around three million cars each year, and all of these will offer drivers iPod integration. In common with most solutions from car manufacturers, the solution will let drivers will be able to listen to their iPod through the car's audio system, select music by artist, album or playlist using the radio or steering wheel controls and view selections on the radio's display.
"Customers have been asking for iPod connectivity and we're excited to make it available to so many of our vehicles in 2006," said Randy Ewers, director, Mopar Accessories Portfolio Team.
"We're providing the largest number and range of automobiles with iPod support of any automaker, allowing Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge owners to bring and listen to their entire music collections."
"We're thrilled that over three million Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge automobiles will offer great iPod connectivity in 2006," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of worldwide iPod product marketing. "Over 40 per cent of all cars sold in the US in 2006 will offer iPod connectivity."
The optional iPod Integration Kit for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models will cost $175 plus installation from authorised dealerships, and will debut this spring. The solution can be retrofit to many 2005 models. It carries a three-year warranty.