If you own a newer Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 6, you probably already know how helpful Siri can be. Though far from flawless, Siri is like a virtual assistant standing by to answer (almost) any question.
Apple has been developing a Siri feature called Eyes Free
that takes the service to the next level behind the wheel of a car. With Eyes Free, you can use you vehicle’s voice control system to have Siri make calls, play selected music, read or compose texts, dictate directions and even remind you of upcoming appointments.
To avoid distraction, Siri Eyes Free even keeps your device’s screen blank while you’re behind the wheel, which (in theory) helps you stay focused on the road ahead. Soon, Siri Eyes Free will be available as a dealer-installed option on select Honda and Acura vehicles.
While pricing hasn’t been set, owners of 2013 Acura RDX
, Acura ILX
and Honda Accord
vehicles using newer Apple devices will be the first Honda customers to get access to Siri Eyes Free. The AcuraLink telematics system
isn’t a pre-requisite, but vehicles must be equipped with the brand’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink to “speak” with Siri.
Of the move, American Honda’s assistant vice president of automobile product planning, Vicki Poponi, said, “Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer's ever-changing needs."