Siri 'Eyes Free' Coming to 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.
    Article Link: Siri 'Eyes Free' Coming to 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX
  2. SYale macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    Hopefully this comes to the 2013 Honda Civic as well!
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
  4. Flood123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    Living Stateside
    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.
  5. JaySoul, Jan 30, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013

    JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    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.
  6. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Needs to replace all those buttons with iPad mini!

    +1 for Siri in cars!
  7. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Yeah, those are cars I was going to buy, LOL.
  8. ivladster macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2007
    Washington DC
    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.
  9. macaddict06 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    about 3 meters from here. *points*
    Yeah, but the Apple car would only run on 5% of the roads in the country...
  10. tgenius macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    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.
  11. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
  12. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    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.
  13. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    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.
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Siri "Eyes Free" seems to be a feature most will never use.
  15. tgenius macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    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.
  16. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Lookin at the dash of my smart car, I can easily fit an iPad Mini in its place :D
  17. ronjon10 macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2009
    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.

  18. abhishake macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2005
    What I notice about every thread is that people are Haters and mad angry about virtually everything.

    Where's the love?
  19. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    They need to have this on the Pilot by 2014. That is when we are buying our next one.
  20. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I know! It looks like the maps/GPS screen would be obscured by the other console in front of it.
  21. trunten macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2007
  22. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    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.


    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 :(
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Sweet. Probably won't be buying a new car for a few years, and I hope many models have this by then.
  24. Mxbzz macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    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?
  25. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
    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.

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