Announced back at WWDC 2012, Apple’s “eyes free” feature for iOS’ Siri hasn’t made a lot of noise… until now. BGR reports on GM’s announcement that next year’s Spark and Sonic RS models will feature Siri as a major component of the auto-maker’s push for safer driving practices.
From the press release:
“Through the cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatibleiPhone* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. To further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode that enables users to interact with their iPhone using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.”
Siri will allow drivers to make hands-free calls on their iPhone, play songs in the Music app or other sources like AM/FM/XM, send and receive SMS/iMessages, check appointments, and add entries to the calendar. The new integration will minimize distractions by keeping the screen dark during operation, and preventing the display of answers for complex questions that would require reading a webpage.
It’s a start.