Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 03:35 am PT (06:35 am ET)
GM will be first automaker to use Apple's 'Eyes Free' Siri integrationGeneral Motors on Tuesday announced that it will be integrating Apple's new "Eyes Free" Siri mode in two of its cars early next year, making it the first car maker in the world to implement the technology in a commercial product.
Source: General Motors
As noted by The Next Web, GM announced during the Los Angeles International Auto Show that the Chevrolet Spark (1LT and 2LT) and Sonic LTZ and RS models will sport the new Siri integration when they roll off the assembly line "early next year."
Interestingly, the feature, which is part of Chevy's MyLink infotainment system and will be compatible with an iPhones running iOS 6, is slated to debut in two sub-compact cars rather than a model from one of GM's luxury marquees like Cadillac.
Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLinks existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience, said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars.
Announced as a new Siri feature in iOS 6, Apple's "Eyes Free" allows a user to an iPhone as well as certain vehicle amenities strictly by using voice commands. For example, a driver can simply ask Siri to play a song or make a call, all without taking their eyes off the road.
It was reported in June that GM would be integrating Eyes Free in the Spark and Sonic, but the automotive giant fell short of announcing a specific launch window. Eight other car makers have partnered with Apple to introduce similar systems in the near future, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda.
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