General Motors confirmed that it will be the first automaker to integrate Apple’s Siri early next year in the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LTZ and RS. Chevrolet made the announcement at the Los Angeles International Auto Show today.
Earlier this year at WWDC the company had announced it would support Siri, and today’s announcement confirms which cars will support this service by connecting devices to the standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that’s installed in Chevrolet models. So customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri in a number of tasks while keeping eyes safely on the road and hands on the wheel.
In an extra safety precaution, the service takes hands-free driving one step further with the Eyes Free mode that only lets users interact with their phone with nothing other than voice while also keeping the screen from lighting up. All owners have to do is connect their iPhone to the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system, and use the steering wheel voice activation button to start and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode.
Here’s what you can do with Siri in Eyes Free mode:
Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars, said:
“It says a lot about out commitment to small-car customers that Chevroley has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands. Sage, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.”