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MacRumors
Jan 30, 2013, 11:25 AM
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When iOS 6 was announced last June, Apple said it was working with car manufacturers on a new "Eyes Free" mode for Siri (http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/#eyesfree) that would integrate with voice command buttons found in an increasing number of car models to allow users to interact with Siri without needing to look at their devices' screens. At the time, Scott Forstall displayed a slide showing that Apple was working with BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda on the initiative.

Today, Honda announced (http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-2013-honda-accord/) that Eyes Free will be coming to the 2013 Accord (http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-sedan/), as well as the Acura RDX (http://www.acura.com/modellanding.aspx?model=rdx) and ILX (http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=ILX).

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From Honda's press release (http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-2013-honda-accord/):American Honda today announced it will integrate support for Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device's screen from lighting up.In November, Chevrolet announced that Eyes Free would be coming to the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in 2013 (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/27/siri-eyes-free-mode-coming-to-chevrolet-spark-and-sonic-in-early-2013/), and Hyundai did the same earlier this month (http://www.loopinsight.com/2013/01/07/hyundai-to-add-siri-eyes-free-mode-into-upcoming-vehicles/).

Update: Honda is currently contacting some existing 2013 Accord owners and offering to install the Siri Eyes Free software in their vehicles free of charge as part of a trial of the feature.Honda is conducting a limited market trial with current 2013 model owners who own an Apple iPhone.

As a part of this trial, Honda will update your Accord with software that will allow the new Siri Eyes Free feature to work in your vehicle.

The update will be installed by your dealer at no cost to you and you are welcome to keep and use the Siri Eyes Free feature after the trial is complete. All we ask from you is participation in an online survey after Siri Eyes Free is installed and you have had a chance to experience the feature.

Article Link: Siri 'Eyes Free' Coming to 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-coming-to-2013-honda-accord-acura-rdx-and-ilx/)



SYale
Jan 30, 2013, 11:29 AM
Hopefully this comes to the 2013 Honda Civic as well!

troop231
Jan 30, 2013, 11:34 AM
Wow that dash looks terrible lol

Flood123
Jan 30, 2013, 11:34 AM
I have been thinking about getting a new ride lately. I have had three Hondas since I started driving. I look forward to this feature.

JaySoul
Jan 30, 2013, 11:35 AM
Why can't Siri just drive you to destinations yet? APPLE FAIL.


Edit: Actually with Apple Maps you'd probably end up in the sea anyway.

PracticalMac
Jan 30, 2013, 11:37 AM
Wow that dash looks terrible lol

Yes.
Needs to replace all those buttons with iPad mini!


+1 for Siri in cars!

macs4nw
Jan 30, 2013, 11:53 AM
Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-coming-to-2013-honda-accord-acura-rdx-and-ilx/)


When iOS 6 was announced last June, Apple said it was working with car manufacturers on a new "Eyes Free" mode for Siri (http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/#eyesfree) that would integrate with voice command buttons found in an increasing number of car models to allow users to interact with Siri without needing to look at their devices' screens. At the time, Scott Forstall displayed a slide showing that Apple was working with BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda on the initiative.

Today, Honda announced (http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-2013-honda-accord/) that Eyes Free will be coming to the 2013 Accord (http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-sedan/), as well as the Acura RDX (http://www.acura.com/modellanding.aspx?model=rdx) and ILX (http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=ILX).

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/honda.jpg)
From Honda's press release (http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-2013-honda-accord/):In November, Chevrolet announced that Eyes Free would be coming to the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in 2013 (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/27/siri-eyes-free-mode-coming-to-chevrolet-spark-and-sonic-in-early-2013/), and Hyundai did the same earlier this month (http://www.loopinsight.com/2013/01/07/hyundai-to-add-siri-eyes-free-mode-into-upcoming-vehicles/).

Article Link: Siri 'Eyes Free' Coming to 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/30/siri-eyes-free-coming-to-2013-honda-accord-acura-rdx-and-ilx/)

Yeah, those are cars I was going to buy, LOL.

ivladster
Jan 30, 2013, 11:57 AM
God, car insides are getting uglier and uglier, more and more buttons. Wish Steve Jobs' plans for car re-invention are still somewhere at Apple.

macaddict06
Jan 30, 2013, 12:01 PM
Wish Steve Jobs' plans for car re-invention are still somewhere at Apple.

Yeah, but the Apple car would only run on 5% of the roads in the country...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXDo4dL7SU

tgenius
Jan 30, 2013, 12:19 PM
I drive a 2013 ILX on lease. I want to see how much they want to charge for this "dealer option" before I decide if I do it or not.

srxtr
Jan 30, 2013, 12:23 PM
Time to sell my 2006 Honda Accord

nfl46
Jan 30, 2013, 12:27 PM
And this is what irks me about Honda. They seem to change their designs every 2 years or so. They don't believe in making minor improvements each year, they do redesigns. Goodness.

nutmac
Jan 30, 2013, 12:37 PM
While I applaud the option, it sucks that the feature will be a dealer installed option for what probably will be a ripoff. It should be a standard feature (free upgrade to existing users via firmware update).

Oh well, it probably will be a standard feature on at least higher trimmed models next year.

God, car insides are getting uglier and uglier, more and more buttons. Wish Steve Jobs' plans for car re-invention are still somewhere at Apple.

Having driven Tesla Model S, whose dashboard is a gigantic LCD touchscreen, I am not sure if that's the right approach. When I am driving, I like to be able to feel the UI without looking at it (at least no more than a quick glance). And not to mention all the fingerprint smudges.

BornAgainMac
Jan 30, 2013, 12:42 PM
Siri "Eyes Free" seems to be a feature most will never use.

tgenius
Jan 30, 2013, 12:44 PM
While I applaud the option, it sucks that the feature will be a dealer installed option for what probably will be a ripoff. It should be a standard feature (free upgrade to existing users via firmware update).

Oh well, it probably will be a standard feature on at least higher trimmed models next year.



Having driven Tesla Model S, whose dashboard is a gigantic LCD touchscreen, I am not sure if that's the right approach. When I am driving, I like to be able to feel the UI without looking at it (at least no more than a quick glance). And not to mention all the fingerprint smudges.

This. Ford Sync on the new Explorer is Touchscreen driven and I can tell you it forced us to consider other options as the controls for HVAC are all touchscreen so your forced to look away to push the buttons.. call me old fashioned but I prefer to be able to "feel" my way too.

madsci954
Jan 30, 2013, 01:17 PM
Yes.
Needs to replace all those buttons with iPad mini!


+1 for Siri in cars!

Lookin at the dash of my smart car, I can easily fit an iPad Mini in its place :D

ronjon10
Jan 30, 2013, 01:21 PM
Honestly, all car manufacturers should go to mobile OS platforms for their infotainment systems. They can't make UIs to save their lives, they all suck.

Be it iOS or Android, they just need to get over themselves and do it.

Yes.
Needs to replace all those buttons with iPad mini!


+1 for Siri in cars!

abhishake
Jan 30, 2013, 01:29 PM
What I notice about every thread is that people are Haters and mad angry about virtually everything.

Where's the love?

BC2009
Jan 30, 2013, 01:42 PM
They need to have this on the Pilot by 2014. That is when we are buying our next one.

mrsir2009
Jan 30, 2013, 01:51 PM
Wow that dash looks terrible lol

I know! It looks like the maps/GPS screen would be obscured by the other console in front of it.

trunten
Jan 30, 2013, 02:01 PM
Great, a car that needs 3g/lte to work. :rolleyes:

AutoUnion39
Jan 30, 2013, 02:23 PM
Who cares? Acura makes terrible cars.

I'm just waiting for BMW, VW, Mercedes, and Audi to bring out their integration. The iOS/Android integration on my BMW X5 and Audi S7 are already top notch.

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Great, a car that needs 3g/lte to work. :rolleyes:

They already do this. The S7's MMI uses a 3G connection for its GPS to overlay Google Maps. It works really well with Street View and such, but it's also a pain in the ass because Audi uses T-Mobile for their provider and they have basically no 3G coverage.

Shame they don't use AT&T or VZW's superior 3G/LTE coverage. I put in my AT&T SIM and it only gets EDGE because Audi's hardware only supports the AWS HSPA band that TMo uses :(

QCassidy352
Jan 30, 2013, 02:27 PM
Sweet. Probably won't be buying a new car for a few years, and I hope many models have this by then.

Mxbzz
Jan 30, 2013, 02:36 PM
Who cares? Acura makes terrible cars.

I'm just waiting for BMW, VW, Mercedes, and Audi to bring out their integration. The iOS/Android integration on my BMW X5 and Audi S7 are already top notch.

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They already do this. The S7's MMI uses a 3G connection for its GPS to overlay Google Maps. It works really well with Street View and such, but it's also a pain in the ass because Audi uses T-Mobile for their provider and they have basically no 3G coverage.

Shame they don't use AT&T or VZW's superior 3G/LTE coverage. I put in my AT&T SIM and it only gets EDGE because Audi's hardware only supports the AWS HSPA band that TMo uses :(

While I am not particularly fond of the new styling, Acuras are extremely reliable and great cars. What is your basis on calling them terrible?

SAIRUS
Jan 30, 2013, 02:43 PM
Wish it would come to the MDX.

I've found Acura to be dependable, like big brothers of Honda (yes I know). That said, BMW just drives a little better. So as I've gotten older, I've also noticed the interior of the Acura is a little nicer, and sadly I'm starting to give up driving prowess to interior comfort, which I give a slight edge to Acura. So yes, next car is going to be an Acura... ...but I'll probably cave back to the BMW and say "Well hon, I'll change when the kid arrives."

Not much info on Mercedes but I did have a VW Golf back in the day, and it handled like a beast.

notjustjay
Jan 30, 2013, 02:45 PM
God, car insides are getting uglier and uglier, more and more buttons. Wish Steve Jobs' plans for car re-invention are still somewhere at Apple.

Yeah, tell me about it! I got a Volvo S80 as a rental car a while ago. Nice car, loaded with safety features including one that warns you if you start wandering out of your lane. Sure enough, I got reprimanded by the car for being distracted. Why? Because I was staring at the center stack trying to figure out which button to press to tune the radio!

BornAgainApple
Jan 30, 2013, 02:59 PM
Screw the dealers. Dealer-installed options are often something the average person could do, at a fraction of the cost. I installed my own "Genuine Honda" accessories in my '02 Odyssey. Bought them online and saved probably $700 in labor alone. Roof rack/keyless-entry system/hood deflector/CD player. Of course, most of that stuff is standard nowadays.

AutoUnion39
Jan 30, 2013, 03:06 PM
While I am not particularly fond of the new styling, Acuras are extremely reliable and great cars. What is your basis on calling them terrible?

This really isn't the place to talk about it, but here goes:

styling, lack of innovation, too much platform sharing with Honda, outdated dated powertrains, lack of V8/V10/V12, poor quality interiors (compared to their German rivals and Lexus)

reliability is all that Acura has going for it. They don't deserve to be called a luxury brand. Upmarket Hondas, that's it.

canman4PM
Jan 30, 2013, 06:22 PM
And this is what irks me about Honda. They seem to change their designs every 2 years or so. They don't believe in making minor improvements each year, they do redesigns. Goodness.

As opposed to GM, which averages about 12 years. Which of these 2 companies required government buyouts to survive and which didn't? Might be an indication as to who has the more successful business model.

'Sayin'

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Siri "Eyes Free" seems to be a feature most will never use.

Disagree, would love to be able to use it now. In fact, I think auto integration will finally show Siri's worth.

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What I notice about every thread is that people are Haters and mad angry about virtually everything.

Where's the love?

Haters gonna hate.

yg17
Jan 30, 2013, 09:29 PM
Yeah, tell me about it! I got a Volvo S80 as a rental car a while ago. Nice car, loaded with safety features including one that warns you if you start wandering out of your lane. Sure enough, I got reprimanded by the car for being distracted. Why? Because I was staring at the center stack trying to figure out which button to press to tune the radio!

I have an Acura TSX with tech/nav package with a center stack that's not too unlike the Accord photo in the article. Takes some getting used to at first but soon you memorize the location of the buttons and aren't taking your eyes off the wheel to change stations.

Plus, with steering wheel controls and voice commands, you don't even have to take your hands off the wheel to change stations.

notjustjay
Jan 30, 2013, 10:49 PM
I have an Acura TSX with tech/nav package with a center stack that's not too unlike the Accord photo in the article. Takes some getting used to at first but soon you memorize the location of the buttons and aren't taking your eyes off the wheel to change stations.

Plus, with steering wheel controls and voice commands, you don't even have to take your hands off the wheel to change stations.

Admittedly my case was fairly unique because I was stepping into a rental car I had never seen before. I did figure out the controls soon enough and the rest of my time with the car was fine. Still, I was blown away by how much more complicated cars are now. The Volvo had a complete telephone touchpad on its console, a gazillion other buttons, and a scrolling menu interface not unlike the iPod Classic. So many controls to learn!

antzona
Jan 31, 2013, 12:30 AM
What I notice about every thread is that people are Haters and mad angry about virtually everything.

Where's the love?

Welcome to the Internet. Every dude with an IQ over 75 is suddenly an expert and a critic. People fight and clamor to be the first to say something sucks. It's the easiest way to seem smart or knowledgeable. If you say something is lame or sucks people automatically assume you have some experience that has led you to this profound conclusion. You don't have to expand on your argument or list any facts, just say it sucks and you're an expert.

RenoG
Jan 31, 2013, 11:29 AM
Who cares? Acura makes terrible cars.

I'm just waiting for BMW, VW, Mercedes, and Audi to bring out their integration. The iOS/Android integration on my BMW X5 and Audi S7 are already top notch.[COLOR="#808080"]



Funny you say Acura are terrible cars and then go on to list the most high maintenance, unreliable cars on market...

DesterWallaboo
Jan 31, 2013, 12:50 PM
Wish it would come to the MDX.

I've found Acura to be dependable, like big brothers of Honda (yes I know). That said, BMW just drives a little better. So as I've gotten older, I've also noticed the interior of the Acura is a little nicer, and sadly I'm starting to give up driving prowess to interior comfort, which I give a slight edge to Acura. So yes, next car is going to be an Acura... ...but I'll probably cave back to the BMW and say "Well hon, I'll change when the kid arrives."

Not much info on Mercedes but I did have a VW Golf back in the day, and it handled like a beast.

Agreed... the MDX is the best Acura out there.... and possibly the best in it's class.

nick_elt
Jan 31, 2013, 02:17 PM
Funny you say Acura are terrible cars and then go on to list the most high maintenance, unreliable cars on market...

Think he just wanted to let us all know what cars he has, as though we care.

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The mecedes a class already has siri in it. Not sure about this eyes free, i dont know if its the same but there is a siri button on the steering wheel and its conected to a host of thing like the garmin gps and stereo etc...

AutoUnion39
Jan 31, 2013, 07:31 PM
Funny you say Acura are terrible cars and then go on to list the most high maintenance, unreliable cars on market...

if reliability was everything, we would all be driving Toyotas. For the record, I've had less Issues with my Various German cars than my old Japanese ones.

Also, recent JD power put Mercedes over Honda and Acura for long term dependability.

I'll stick with my German Cars. If you like rebadged Hondas (Acura), more power to you.

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Agreed... the MDX is the best Acura out there.... and possibly the best in it's class.

The MDX is the best car they make, but I disagree in class. It is the best value , but that's it. BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne Are superior in many ways,

BvizioN
Feb 1, 2013, 07:34 AM
Edit: Actually with Apple Maps you'd probably end up in the sea anyway.

Like you would with any GPS maps.

derondantzler
Feb 1, 2013, 08:32 AM
I've owned 2 BMWs and purchased an Acura in 2012. I won't be buying another BMW. The interior has remained basically the same for the last 8 years with no innovation, and it's missing a lot of the technology that's found in the Acura or Lexus. Also, it's nice to not be in the shop every other month with another ridiculous money sucking issue. Just one example: I replaced window regulators 5x in my BMWs collectively. You feel nice owning a fancy BMW with a garbage bag duct taped to the window while you wait on the dealer to get your part in. Believe me.

Sandman1969
Oct 15, 2013, 08:10 AM
I know! It looks like the maps/GPS screen would be obscured by the other console in front of it.

Yeah if you were a 3.5 ft kid in the seat where the picture is taken.

I have a 2011 Accord and it isn't too much different, couple more controls on the stearing wheel and the climate controls are slightly different. I can see everything just fine and like the layout. Mostly I can change things without having to look.
Now our old Equinox was a PITA... Our New Pilot is much better layout.