Siri integration in cars coming in 2013

Owners of Chevrolet vehicles in the US may get first crack at integrating Siri, Apple's voice-activated assistant, into their vehicles.

General Motors will include functionality for Siri in its new Chevrolet Spark (1LT, 2LT) and Sonic LTZ and RS models early 2013, The Next Web reported.

"Owners of the Spark and Sonic will need an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 (there’s no reference as to whether the iPad will be supported) which will enable them to use an 'Eyes Free mode' that allows interaction with their iPhone using just their voice, while the device’s screen remains unlit," it said.

It was a confirmation of GM's confirmation earlier this year that it would support Siri.

On the other hand, The Next Web noted other marquees such as BMW, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Audi are also planning to integrate Siri with their vehicles' electronics systems.

With the GM-Siri integration, owners of Chevrolet vehicles can soon expect to connect their devices to the standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.

The integration centers on a Bluetooth connection that allows the vehicle's system to pair with an iOS device.

It then lets users control the device using the steering wheel's voice activation button.

"From this mode, users can make hands-free calls, play songs from their iTunes library, listen and compose messages, but Siri will not be able to perform more complex requests that require the opening of a web page while in that mode," it said. — TJD, GMA News

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