Last Wednesday, American Honda announced that they will integrate support for Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant Siri to their 2013 Accord, as well as in Acura RDX and ILX models.
Honda was already announced as one of the nine automakers that planned to support Siri’s Eyes Free mode. But at the time, it was still unknown which vehicles would be integrated with the feature, as well as when those vehicles would become available.
General Motors, on the other hand, announced last November that the feature would be supported by their Chevy Spark and Sonic vehicles. Other companies that voiced out support for Siri Eyes Free are Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota.
How Siri Eyes Free Works
Siri Eyes Free allows the iPhone screen to stay off and helps the driver from getting distracted by their handset. The voice-driven personal assistant “talks” to the user, allowing the latter to focus their attention on the road.
Reportedly, Siri Eyes Free will be a dealer-installed option for customers who will buy the latest model of the said vehicles. Using a compatible iPhone that runs iOS 6, users will be able to direct Siri to perform specific tasks while keeping their eyes on the road. As what American Honda Assistant Vice President of Automobile Product Planning Vicki Poponi said:
iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles. Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.
During the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai also announced that they would include the Siri Eyes Free in their next-generation infotainment systems. However, the car manufacturer did not give any specific vehicles models. This is just one of the many technology-driven partnerships that Hyundai announced at CES. Other additions are:
- Dragon Drive: Developed by Nuance, this automotive-grade voice services platform enables drivers to speak naturally and conversationally with in-car systems for tasks such as dictating messages, searching for music, finding real-time weather and asking for directions.
- Mobile High-Definition Link: Delivers 1080p60 uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio from a mobile device to a dashboard display, all while charging the device.
- Next-Generation Hardware: Hyundai’s new vehicles will feature the latest hardware with high-resolution multi-touch displays, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi/3G connectivity options.