You could be forgiven for forgetting about Apple’s “Eyes Free” technology announced in June at WWDC 2012. Essentially, it allows car manufacturers to install a specific control on their car steering wheel to activate Siri. This way, drivers can send messages, make phone calls or set reminders all without having to take their eyes off the road, or hands off the wheel.
We’ve heard very little about it since the summer, but, General Motors has just announced that two of its 2013 lineup will include Siri activating buttons. The Chevrolet Sonic and Spark will both have Eyes Free built in as standard.
“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,” said GM Marketing Director Cristi Landy. “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.”
The other manufacturers signed up to produce iPhone-friendly cars are BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Mercedes, Toyota, Chrysler, Audi and Honda.