At the Geneva Motor Show today, Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo said that the company is in talks with Apple to broaden their relationship for in-car entertainment systems. Though Di Montezemolo didn’t reveal much about the specifics of this relationship, he said that the company would make things much clear “in the next few months.”
Honda is joining Chevrolet in announcing that it will be offering a Siri Eyes Free integration into some of its car models as a dealer installed option. Soon the 2013 Accord and the Acura RDX and ILX models will be able to use Siri through their Bluetooth-connected iPhone not just “hands free” but “eyes free” as well.
Apple wasn’t the only one to realise the true potential of Siri while it was in its early stages. According to The Huffington Post, in the fall of 2009, before Siri was acquired by Apple, Verizon had struck a deal with the startup to preinstall the virtual assistant in all of its Android phones to be introduced later that year.
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.
Developer Brandon Evans has developed a SiriProxy plugin to control Philips’ newly launched Hue lights. SiriProxy, in case you don’t remember, is an open source project that lets developers add extra functionalities to Siri without requiring a jailbreak.
We all know that Siri has a wide variety of commands that it can handle, but there are some things it just doesn’t do as quickly as you can do yourself simply through the touch interface on your iPhone or iPad. Admittedly, I don’t use Siri as much as I had originally thought I would, but that is largely due to the limitations initially placed on Siri in Canada (my home and native land). But there are things I’ve been using Siri more and more for, including doing some front-end set up that allows me to clear out my head and focus on more of the stuff that I can only do.
Basically, I have learned how to make Siri do things I need it to do – and I’ll let you in on what I did to make that happen so that you can do the same.