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Siri 'Eyes Free' Mode Coming to Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in Early 2013

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    Back in June, Apple announced that 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. As part of his iOS 6 presentation at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, 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.

    GM reportedly confirmed soon after that it would be bringing Eyes Free Siri to the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic within the following 12 months, and the company today announced more details on that integration. The announcement notes that Siri will be included as part of the MyLink system on several Spark and Sonic models beginning in early 2013.

    Article Link: Siri 'Eyes Free' Mode Coming to Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in Early 2013
  2. macrumors 6502

    Its not an Apple car so people won't be interested. Just saying.
  3. macrumors 68020


    I actually find Siri to be most useful in a car.she works through BT just fine but seems like its only going to get better.
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    Even the person in the pic doesn't dare use his iPhone 5 without a case.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Will 'Eyes Free' be something that dealerships can install in already purchased cars? I just bought a new vehicle and if it serves me well as my last, then it will be a decade before I even think of looking at cars...
  6. macrumors 68020


    So, my Toyota Corolla is an 'Apple car' otherwise I wouldn't have bought it?

    Good logic there.

    The Spark is too small a car for me, but the Sonic looks like a nice replacement car for my Corolla if it works better with my iPhone.

  7. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Ha, yeah. I finally got a car with bluetooth and an aux port for the first time this year.

    Looks like I'm always destined to be one generation behind in the automotive computer interface world.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sweet thumb ring.
  9. evansls, Nov 27, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2012

    macrumors regular


    eyes free solutions

    If only Apple would create/enable a remote that I could be use with my iPhone then it could be easily attached to my steering wheel like this then all cars could have eyes free Siri, too.


    See remote on right of steering wheel


    ** edit. For those asking what this is called. There are 2 models. I think these have been discontinued, but you can find them outside of amazon if you google the name a bit. I prefer the auxilary version over the bluetooth version. It works great even for non ipod music apps like Mog (which is what I use) for example.

    Kensington LiquidAUX Bluetooth Car Kit with Remote

    Kensington LiquidAUX Auxiliary Car Kit with Remote
  10. macrumors 68000


    When will it come in decent cars though?
  11. macrumors 603


    Whats this called?
  12. macrumors 65816


    Why in the world would Ford not get with the program? Common Ford, you need to be more Apple like :D
  13. macrumors 65816


    Ford have Ford SYNC, which is pretty impressive!

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    Sync or My Ford Touch was the reason i WON'T be buying a Ford. The interface is way too complicated, I have heard nothing but problems with it. It's a shame they are stuck with this agreement with Microsoft.
  15. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Which is a Microsoft product so it will be interesting to see if Ford eventually offers Siri mode in addition to Ford Sync or if they decide to just stick with one partner. It's quite possible they have a contract signed that would prevent them from offering both.
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    Updated post with links
  17. macrumors regular

    I have no problem pressing and holding the home button on my phone to activate Siri, the problem I have with Siri in the car is the poor quality of the OEM microphone and lack of noise cancellation such that Siri struggles to understand me!

    Apple need to set minimum audio requirements for a car to carry the 'Siri Eyes Free' certification.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    I hear if you buy the Siri unit, Chevy will throw in a free Volt......

    .....and a fire extinguisher.
  19. macrumors member

    right after i got a new a4 u tell me this????
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    Would be nice if Siri actually asked if you want to be remineded to check that page some time later or when you arrive at somewhere.
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    Wake me up when this feature is added to a car I actually want to buy.
    Yawn :rolleyes:
  22. macrumors 6502

    Definitely not an Apple made video.

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    I hope they also bring some sort of update to the 2013 Chevy Cruze I just bought one a week ago. Siri has certain features that work now but I still have to hold down the home button on the iPhone to activate Siri.
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    I have sync in my F150. It is impressive but you can't activate Siri on the steering wheel.

    Sync was confusing in the beginning. But now it is quite simple to use if the driver does their research. Also dealers have begun conducting training sessions for people who need help using sync. Just go on the dealers website and see how to sign up for a class.

    I don't think it would be any different from allowing Windows to run on a Mac with parallels. I'm sure Microsoft and Apple could come to some sort of an agreement.
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    You know you’re a fanboy if you replace your car so it works better with your iphone. LMAO

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