Honda will integrate Siri Eyes Free in 2013

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.

  • studuncan

    I would have thought they’d put it in the Odyssey first. Soccer moms and all.

  • iOS only = non-starter for me. I’ll not buy the car specifically because of it (useless features seeing as I don’t use an iPhone).

    • Jim H

      Well that’s one person! Yes, yes, I know. It’s a joke. But seriously, we don’t really know what the final integration may or may not be. But that being said, with the number of iOS users out there I think Honda will be just fine.

      • Oh yeah, I’m not saying they’ll bomb because of it but I’ll not buy any car tied to one external device.

        It was a peeve of mine to see cars w/ iPhone jacks. That’s not as bad as a major feature like Siri Eyes being OS specific.

        • I see nothing that suggests the hands-free Bluetooth part won’t work with anything else as normal. So you could just ignore the Siri integration or just not get the dealer installed option. Also, what is the equivalent on Android of Siri eyes-free mode? Not just the voice command trigger either. Also, it seems to me that many “iPhone jacks” in cars are pigtails connecting to aux and USB, so they aren’t tied to just the iPhone.

          • Yes, normal phone bluetooth works but the Siri piece will not and of course you could ignore the option.

            Android has Google Now. It is a different approach than Siri as it tells you what you need to know before you ask but the voice commands are like Siri (ask questions, get answers).

    • I don’t understand your point. Of course non-iPhone users would not order this option. It’s not mandatory.

  • This is brilliant….I hope that Toyota will add it to their various lines as well