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Honda today announced the launch of Siri "Eyes Free" integration for select Honda and Acura vehicles. The functionality, which launches as a dealer-installed accessory for the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX models, allows users to interact with Siri hands-free systems in these cars without having to take their eyes off of the road.
Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps minimize distractions by keeping an iOS device's screen from lighting up.

Additional functionality includes:

- Sending text messages and e-mails
- Reading incoming text messages and emails
- Setting up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
- Checking the weather
- Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth® Audio or iPod mode)
- Sports scores and stock quotes
The launch of Siri Eyes Free for Honda and Acura vehicles, which was first announced in January, is just the first step in extending the iOS experience to vehicles, and Honda will be holding a Google Hangout next Tuesday at 10:00 AM Pacific Time to make further announcements about iOS integration for the company's vehicles.

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One of the iOS 7 features highlighted by Apple at the operating system's initial unveiling in June was "iOS in the Car", a system for interacting with iOS devices not only through Siri Eyes Free but also through in-dash displays in vehicles. The feature did not launch with the rest of iOS 7, and Apple continues to list iOS in the Car as "Coming Soon".

Article Link: Siri Eyes Free Now Available for Select Honda and Acura Vehicles, Deeper Integration Coming Soon
 

lolkthxbai

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Awesome! I really want to get a new car and I think it would like Siri Eyes Free as a feature. I would like to see some more car manufactures open up to this as their current offerings have been pretty lame IMO.
 

DTphonehome

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How is this any different than most current bluetooth setups where you push a "talk" button and Siri responds? I must be missing something :confused:
 

wkadamsjr

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Oh, but Apple Maps is soooo terrible. People will really be driving their cars off cliffs now... :rolleyes:
 

citi

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I honestly wish more companies would get involved with this. Especially in California where you can get a ticket if the phone is sitting on your lap. Happened to my wife. Her Ford Sync doesn't do half the things this does.
 

dumastudetto

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This is really great for the ecosystem. It's just further evidence that Apple is the right platform choice for all your content needs.
 

macduke

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My car is a 98 and still going. Whenever it dies, I'm thinking I'll buy a used Honda, Acura or Subaru—depending on how much money I've saved as I don't like to finance. So I'm crossing my fingers that my car will make it long enough to get one of these fancy iOS-integrated cars used and then I can drive it for at least 10 years.

My younger sister bought a new car recently with all the bells and whistles and it was like stepping into the future. But hey, my car gets the job done of getting me from point A to point B. And I've done my own upgrades as well, like installing new speakers and adding bluetooth. I'm thinking about getting a mount for my new rMini too. It's weird when I get into my car with my rMini and realize that it probably costs more than my car's current value, haha. I wonder if I could just build a mount into my dashboard for the rMini with a bluetooth Siri button attached to the wheel and that would accomplish nearly the same thing?
 

DTphonehome

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It shows things on your cars dash screen like texts and such as well as navigation.

No, that's iOS 7 in the Car. Different feature that no car manufacturer has rolled out yet. It basically puts an iOS 7 interface up on your car's screen.
 

Mobster1983

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My 2014 BMW already allows you to access Siri just by holding down the talk button. Hold it down and Siri, being used from my iPhone 5S will come over the car speakers and take instructions.

The only difference is you won't need an iphone to access it on these cars. Not sure how much of a benefit that is.
 

garylapointe

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"Honda will be holding a Google Hangout next Tuesday at 10:00 AM Pacific Time to make further announcements about iOS integration"

I thought that was kind of funny, iOS at Google Hangouts.
But since Apple doesn't really have any kind of social setup like that.

Gary
 

micropig

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"Siri, text Mom I'm driving"
"Ok, I'll text 'I'm diving'"
"No, driving"
"I didn't understand"
"I am driving"
"That is nice"
"Text that I am driving!"
"Ok. Text to who?"
"I just crashed my car. Call me an ambulance."
"Ok, from now on, I'll call you 'An Ambulance'"
 
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