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Siri Is My Co-Pilot: Apple's Eyes Free Redefines Hands Free

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Apple's steering-wheel-mounted remote control design

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About a month ago we found a patent by Apple for an in-car remote control system. At the time, we weren't completely sure what that patent was for, assuming it had to do with music. It still might, but today Apple announced that it is integrating its voice-command service called Siri with the hands-free button on some automakers' steering wheels.

During the keynote at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, it was announced that a new hands-free solution called Eyes Free will be launched with auto manufactures over the next 12 months. The solution will integrate the hands-free hardware button on the steering wheel of many new cars to activate Siri on Apple's iPhone and iPad.

Apple also announced nine automakers are already on board to help launch Eyes Free over the next twelve months, including: BMW, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler. Notably absent from the list are Ford and Hyundai/Kia. Those automakers are currently using infotainment systems with Microsoft technology as the back end.

Think about this level of smartphone integration and tell us if you think this is the wave of the future in the comments below.

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  1. I wish automakers would completely ditch their navigation systems as options in packages. I don't need to spend 2 grand on navigation when I have it on my iPhone. I wish automakers would work with apple to have the cars screen a touch screen reproduction on the iPhone screen. Just make the screen on the car widescreen and let it replicate my smartphone.
     
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