Apple’s vehicle-friendly ‘Eyes Free’ mode for Siri is officially compatible with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system in 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark cars, the auto maker has announced.
As previously described, Eyes Free Siri lets drivers take hands-free, voice-activated control over Apple’s smart assistant while on the road. Anyone with an iPhone running iOS 6 or higher can hook up their device to a compatible vehicle’s telematics system via Bluetooth, and activate Siri through a button found on the 2013 Sonic or Spark’s steering wheels. From there, drivers can use Eyes Free mode to make calls, send texts, play music from iTunes and do many of the other things Siri normally does.
Does taking one’s focus away from the road to send an iMessage or schedule a Calendar appointment — even when doing so hands free — make a drive any safer? Probably not, but people in the 21st century love their multitasking, so at least Chevy is taking advantage of today’s tech in a more driver-friendly way. Chevrolet says it’s the first auto maker to officially offer the service in its cars, but manufacturers like Honda, Toyota, Audi, Hyundai and others will be jumping on the Eyes Free bandwagon in the future too.
Eyes Free Siri is available in new 2013 Sonic and Spark models now. Owners of existing 2013 Sonic and Spark vehicles, meanwhile, won’t be able to utilize Siri until an update to MyLink arrives sometime next month.