A few months ago, we’d told you about Siri Eyes-free integration coming to Chevrolet Spark and Sonic. At CES 2013, General Motors showed-off the feature, which will be available in 2013 models of the cars with a Chevrolet MyLink radio.
You would obviously require an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 5 (running iOS 6) to pair with the car, after which you can use the Bluetooth button on the steering wheel to talk to Siri. The “Eyes-free” Siri doesn’t respond to queries that require displaying a web snippet to eliminate possibilities of distraction, but works fine with queries that can be answered vocally, without a need for the screen. Here’s a list of the Siri features that work in Eyes-free mode:
- Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
- Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
- Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
- Access Calendar and add appointments
- Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
Additionally, MyLink radio will also bring TuneIn, the service that plays streams from radio stations from all around the world, to the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic. It gives you access to your favourites and even uses recommendation algorithms to play tracks you might like.
The folks at Engadget got a preview of the feature by GM, here’s the video (skip to 1:10 for Siri):
As you heard, the availability is slated for “this year” with no specific date.