Ever since the announcement on the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June of last year, Apple has been working together closely with car manufacturers to integrate Siri into their voice control systems. By hooking up Siri to these select systems – thereby bypassing the car’s own infotainment system and letting Siri do the talking – you’ll be able to ask Siri questions through the voice command button on your steering wheel.
Using Siri In Your Car: Eyes Free
Using Siri in your car while driving could have implications on your safety, and Apple is fully aware of this. For driver safety reasons, the screen of your iOS device won’t light up when you ask Siri to call people, make Siri play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and get directions, read your notifications, etcetera. Any of Siri’s capabilities that involve displaying web pages just won’t work. This is what Apple calls Eyes Free mode.
Siri Car Integration: Chevy’s First, Others Coming Soon
Chevy’s 2013 Spark and Sonic models that have the MyLink system built in will be among the first cars to feature integration with Apple’s digital assistant via the Chevrolet MyLink system. According to Chevrolet, using Siri in your car with Eyes Free mode will be possible in the first quarter of 2013.
The list of car manufacturers working together with Apple is growing: In addition to Chevrolet, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Chrysler, Honda, General Motors, Jaguar, Land Rover, Toyota, and (recently announced at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show) Hyundai are all listed as planning to bring Siri integration into their voice control systems.