Honda on Wednesday said it would begin integrating Apple’s Siri Eyes Free technology into select 2013 vehicles.
According to Honda, 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX owners can get the feature as a dealer installed option. Of course, you will need a compatible iPhone and be running iOS 6 in order to have the feature.
“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.”
Here’s how Apple describes Siri Eyes Free:
Apple is working with car manufacturers to integrate Siri into select voice control systems. Through the voice command button on your steering wheel, you’ll be able to ask Siri questions without taking your eyes off the road. To minimize distractions even more, your iOS device’s screen won’t light up. With the Eyes Free feature, ask Siri to call people, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and get directions, read your notifications, find calendar information, add reminders, and more. It’s just another way Siri helps you get things done, even when you’re behind the wheel.
Honda said it re-engineered its software to have Siri work with its Bluetooth HandsFreeLink via the onboard microphone and speakers.