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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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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 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 that Eyes Free will be coming to the 2013 Accord, as well as the Acura RDX and ILX.

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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, and Hyundai did the same earlier this month.

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.
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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.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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Hopefully this comes to the 2013 Honda Civic as well!
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:34 AM   #3
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Wow that dash looks terrible lol
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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Wow that dash looks terrible lol
Yes.
Needs to replace all those buttons with iPad mini!


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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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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
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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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.

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+1 for Siri in cars!
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:29 PM   #7
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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?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:51 PM   #8
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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.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:01 PM   #9
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Great, a car that needs 3g/lte to work.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:23 PM   #10
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:35 AM   #13
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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.

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Edit: Actually with Apple Maps you'd probably end up in the sea anyway.
Like you would with any GPS maps.
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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.
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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 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 that Eyes Free will be coming to the 2013 Accord, as well as the Acura RDX and ILX.

From Honda's press release:In November, Chevrolet announced that Eyes Free would be coming to the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in 2013, and Hyundai did the same earlier this month.

Article Link: Siri 'Eyes Free' Coming to 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX
Yeah, those are cars I was going to buy, LOL.
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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.
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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
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:37 PM   #19
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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.

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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.
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Siri "Eyes Free" seems to be a feature most will never use.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:44 PM   #21
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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