Apple Siri users will soon be capable of use their device’s voice command system in select Acura and Honda models due to a brand new “Eyes Free” system. In step with the automaker, the system would be simple to make use of, providing drivers the functionality of Siri without diverting attention clear of the street.
Eyes Free will initially be offered as a dealer-installed option later this year at the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX, and ILX (no word if or when the choice will roll out on other models). The system, which integrates with the vehicle’s Bluetooth, microphone, and speakers, will work with most Siri-equipped Apple products running iOS 6. Drivers would be capable of use Eyes Free for quite a few tasks akin to navigation inputs, making phone calls, completing text messages, and restaurant recommendations.
Expect other automakers to soon follow in Honda and Acura’s footsteps. As previously reported, Eyes Free can also be offered by Toyota and a lot of other carmakers. General Motors, for instance, already offers Siri integration within the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, making those two small cars attractive to budget-minded and tech-savvy buyers. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if most future in-vehicle infotainment systems will largely rely on smartphone integration to finish most tasks.