According to a series of news agencies, GM will be the first automaker to combine Apple’s Siri with its vehicle’s systems.
The reports show that GM will integrate Apple’s “Eyes Free” feature, which was developed to integrate bluetooth technology to the vehicle by offering an in-car Siri button that will work through the vehicle’s infotainment system. The technology will allow drivers to make phone calls with the hands-free device, switch between the vehicle’s AM/FM/XM radio modes, change the music, view calendars, send messages and make appointments.
The device will also be capable of answering simple questions, which is one of Siri’s functions.
GM reported that more complex answers that would require the system to display a webpage are not going to be supported by this device, since it could pose a distraction hazard to drivers.
The models that will be equipped with the Apple’s “Eyes Free” feature include the newer models of the Spark 1LT and 2LT as well as the new Sonic LTZ and RS models.
These systems will be available next year, the automaker announced. Hopefully, more automakers will keep their consumers’ safety in mind by developing technology that allows drivers to have more enjoyable rides without posing any risks by means of distractions.
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