As Ford continues to improve voice recognition technology for its upcoming automobiles, General Motors has found ways to integrate Apple’s (News - Alert) intelligent assistant, Siri, into its newest Chevrolet models. Thus, allowing drivers to talk on their smartphone while driving without breaking the law.
At this week’s International Auto Show in Los Angeles, Calif., GM displayed two small cars, Chevrolet Spark and Sonic, with connections to Siri via steering wheel controls, permitting drivers to use their Apple iPhones with voice activated Siri.
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Both Chevrolet models are slated for delivery early next year. According to GM, through the standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, drivers with a compatible iPhone 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 (News - Alert) using nothing more than their voice, while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up, said GM.
According to GM, owners simply connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair the system, and use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode.
In a statement, Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars, said, “It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands.”
“Safe, 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,” added Landy.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman