Annette Winkler, head of Smart, wants to pair the microcar with the smartphone.
After all, it's the extra conveniences Smart can deliver to drivers in large cities that ultimately will win more buyers for the brand, Winkler says -- not an extra 5 hp or another derivative.
Her vision has Smart ForTwo drivers using their phones to find parking spaces -- including those too small for other vehicles -- in crowded cities. They would take a photo of the spot and share it via Smart's free smartphone app so other ForTwo drivers would be able to find it using the app's navigation services.
Smart is making that vision a reality with its new Cross Connect app, expected to be released to the public in November.
More perks are under consideration. Using the app to share a Smart car with friends is one possibility Winkler is exploring.
"The portfolio is full of ideas," Winkler told Automotive News at the Frankfurt auto show last month. "So there are many, many, many possibilities where we think we'll improve the life and situations in big cities for our customers."