Apple’s Siri Eyes Free feature is now available in select Honda and Acura cars, allowing users to call in Siri “to perform a number of specific tasks,” manufacturerAmerican Honda Motor Co., Inc. explained in a press release.
The news means iPhone users can interact with their smartphone while keeping “their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel,” the press release explains; Siri Eyes Free is initially available as a dealer-installed feature for the2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX models.
Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda, said: “Honda recognizes the power of Siri Eyes Free to meet connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner.With technology becoming further integrated into people’s lives, we are happy to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”
As Honda explains in its press release, features include:
Sending text messages and e-mails
Reading incoming text messages and emails
Setting up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
Checking the weather
Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth Audio or iPod mode)
However, there’s more. American Honda adds that on Dec. 3, it’ll be hosting a Google Hangout to announce “additional Siri functionality” at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The press release explains:
Additional Siri Eyes Free functionality available on Honda vehicles will be revealed on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 featuring Honda connected car experts. To join the discussion on December 3 at 10 a.m. Pacific, please visit:https://plus.google.com/+Honda.
Further information isn’t available, though another iOS-related in-car feature, appropriately called “iOS in the Car,” has been in the pipeline for some time. Rather than offering connected access to Siri, iOS in the Car provides users with an in-car display featuring access to a Phone app, Maps app, Music app, and more.
Back in July, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook called the interesting feature one “key focus” of his company’s, however iOS in the Car didn’t make its anticipated appearance in iOS 7.
As such, we’re expecting to hear more on this front in the near future. We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.