Hyundai to Integrate Siri-Powered “Eyes Free”

Siri Eyes Free | Apple Official Website

Siri Eyes Free | Apple Official Website

During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January 8, Hyundai announced that they will be integrating Apple’s Siri into their infotainment systems. That said, the voice-driven personal assistant software will require a compatible iPhone, iPad,or iPod Touch that runs iOS 6.

Apple first announced Siri Eyes Free in June 2012, together with the announcement of iOS 6. With Hands Free, the iPhone screen stays off so it will not distract the driver. Meanwhile, Siri talks back to the user out loud, allowing the users to keep their eyes on the road.

Other Automaker to Support Siri Eyes Free

Hyundai announcements make then the tenth major automaker that declared support for Siri Eyes Free. Other partners include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and GM.

In addition, GM announced last November 2012 that the Siri Eyes Free will land on their Chevy Spark and Sonic models. To be specific, Chevrolet Spark 1LT and 2LT models and Sonic LTZ and RS units will feature the new Siri integration.

The feature will be part of Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, and it will be compatible with an iPhone that runs iOS 6. What’s interesting about this is that the Siri Free Eyes will debut in two sub-compact cars instead of GM’s luxury marquees like the Cadillac. As stated by Cristi Landy, Chevrolet’s marketing director for small cars:

Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our consumers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.

More Hyundai Announcement at CES

Hyundai’s support for Siri Eyes Free is just one of the many technology-driven partnerships that the automaker announced during the CES 2013. Other announcements include:

  • Dragon Drive: An automotive-grade voice services platform developed by Nuance, Dragon Drive allows drivers to speak naturally and casually with in-car systems. With this feature, they can now dictate messages, search for music, find real-time weather, and ask for directions.
  • Mobile High-Definition Link: Delivering 1080p60 uncompressed video, the Mobile High-Definition Link brings in clips with up to eight channels of digital audio from a mobile device to a dashboard display. What’s cool about this is that users can deliver uncompressed videos even while the device is charging.
  • Next-generation Hardware: Hyundai also announced new vehicles that will feature the latest hardware with high-resolution multi-touch displays, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi/3G connectivity options.

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