Archive for June, 2012
If you wish your car was as intelligent as your smartphone, you won’t have to wait much longer. General Motors confirmed last week that they plan to integrate Siri, the voice control technology used on Apple’s iPhone, into connectivity systems of upcoming vehicles.
By simply plugging an iPhone into a USB cable in the car, this feature will allow vehicles compatible with the Siri service to make calls, dictate text messages, look up directions and use other Siri functions. A new Siri feature called “Eyes Free” will take the current “Hands Free” technology to a new and safer level by allowing drivers to use their iPhones while keeping their eyes on the road.
Apple announced that this technology would start becoming available within the next year. General Motors is first in line, confirming that the MyLink infotainment system offered on the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Chevrolet Sonic small cars will be compatible with Siri. Other manufacturers slated to have Siri in their sights include Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar/Land Rover.
Smartphones have become an integral part of many consumers’ lives and the use of them in vehicles is inevitable. Measures taken toward enabling the benefits of smartphones in a vehicle without causing a safety hazard or driver distraction is a great step toward progress in the auto technology field.