Apple announced plans to begin integrating the iPhone more closely with select vehicles back in June by working with manufacturers to incorporate a Siri “Eyes Free” mode that can be activated easily when an iPhone is connected with the vehicle. At the time, Apple announced that their current participating partners were BMW, GM, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Mercedes, Chrysler, and Honda, and the specifics were unknown. While the details are still vague, we have some slightly more solid information: today, Chevy – a subsidiary of GM – announced that both the Spark and Sonic would be incorporating Apple’s technology in early 2013 as a part of their MyLink system.
When in “Eyes Free” mode, Siri has the following capabilities:
In the Spark and Sonic RS, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:
- Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
- Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
- Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
- Access Calendar and add appointments
- Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
- While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.