Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has begun selling a car navigation system that integrates iPods.

The Japan Times reports Nissan executive vice president Carlos Tavares, who said: "We are very excited to be collaborating with Apple on this project."

The system has been custom-built to fit 11 Nissan models. It, "offers drivers in-car control of their iPods through a 7-inch touch screen display", the report claims.

iPod-auto integration essential

Apple is working with numerous automobile manufacturers to develop elegant systems for integrating iPods into car audio systems.

The aim is to make integrating the music player within those systems as simple and user friendly as possible, in order to establish Apple's product within a driving experience.

BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Mini Cooper have all confirmed plans to develop iPod integration systems for their vehicles.

"Almost every car company in the world is working to integrate iPod into their cars in 2005," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing at Macworld Expo San Francisco in January 2005.