Apple has done it again! Siri continues to make an impact on every industry throughout the world. Honda has now integrated support for Apple’s Siri digital assistant for owners who have compatible iPhones in some of the 2013 models. According to Honda, the integration will also include the 2013 Acura RDX and ILX; and the iPhone device will need to be running at least the iOS6 system. Assistant Vice President of Automobile Product Planning Vicki Poponi said:
“iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles. 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.”
Apple designers explain that the Eyes Free Mode works in connection with the vehicle’s voice control systems, and it I this that allows the driver to speak a specific command without having to look at the phone or press any buttons. Already aboard The BMWs, the mode includes asking Siri to send text messages, call contacts, find directions, read app notifications, and check and record calendar and reminder information. Furthermore, a special feature of the Eyes Free Mode keeps the phone’s screen from lighting up, which minimizes the likelihood of a driver becoming distracted from looking down at the phone.
What does this mean for our roads? As we have seen since the development of Siri, she has made it easier for those individuals who cannot seem to part with their phones while driving, a simpler, and safer way to communicate while driving. For those of us who are committed to distracted-driving free roadways Siri has become a potential dream come true; and with the integration in economy cars, Apple continues to set itself apart from the rest.
The only question now is, will drivers take advantage? Would you buy a car simply for its hands-free capabilities? Tell us what you think!