General Motors will be the first auto maker to get into bed with tech giant Apple, announcing plans to integrate Apple’s Siri personal assistant into its vehicles including functionality for the software in its new Chevrolet Spark (1LT, 2LT) and Sonic LTZ and RS models, available early next year.
General Motors had announced earlier this year its plans to support Siri at the WWDC but the announcement confirms that the standar MyLink infotainement system installed in Chevrolet’s will allow owners to connect to their iPhones.
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. The MyLink radio connection will connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth, which will pair with the iOS device and allows users to interact with the steering wheel voice activation button to interact with Siri in Eyes Free mode. Users will be able to make calls, use iTunes, compose and listen to e-mails and texts all hands free.
Chevrolet MD Cristi Landy said in a statement:
“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.”
BMW, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Audi will also be integrating Siri into their hands free systems.