According to Germany's Focus magazine, the house that Jobs rebuilt wants to become as ubiquitous in cars as it is in shirt pockets. Though unconfirmed, the story is Mercedes will be the first manufacturer to offer Apple's system, which will reportedly combine entertainment, communication and navigation in a single unit. After an initial period where Mercedes will offer the system exclusively, a full-market launch is expected in 2009. No word on whether it'll use Google Maps, as with the iPhone, or another provider for the cartography, or if it'll be able to make crank calls to Starbucks. Ask your geek brother what that just meant.

Apple Making GPS for Mercedes? [Gizmodo via Fourspring]

Digital Destiny: BMW Drive Assist Pairs with Google Maps in Germany; Steve Jobs Speaks: The IPod Is The Thing In 70% Of Cars [internal]