In June of 2012 Apple announced Siri Eyes Free, which was essentially hardware that allowed car manufactures to install a physical Siri button that upon being pressed allows iPhone owners to make use of Apple’s personal assistant without taking their hands off the wheel. The only unfortunate thing about the new functionality is that it was not integrated into many cars, thankfully however, it looks like 2013 is going to be the year when Siri Eyes Free becomes more mainstream as now Honda has announced in a press release they plan to make this a dealer-installed option on the new Accord, and RDX / ILX from Acura.
In November Chevrolet announced that Siri Eyes Free would land in the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in 2013, and Hyundai announced the functionality would be coming shortly as well.
There was no information shared about pricing of Siri Eyes Free integration unfortunately, but you can take a look at the official press release for yourself below…
Honda and Acura to offer Convenience of Apple’s SiriTM Eyes Free on Select 2013 Vehicles
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 – American Honda today announced it will integrate support for Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
“iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles, ” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of automobile product planning, American Honda. “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.”
Honda recognizes the power of Siri and Eyes Free mode as an in-vehicle tool that will help meet the connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner. Honda has reengineered its software to seamlessly integrate Siri Eyes Free mode into its Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® via the onboard microphone and speakers.
* Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.