Chevrolet has announced today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show that Chevrolet Spark and Chevy Sonic LTZ and RS models will integrate Apple’s voice-activated Siri software into its Chevy MyLink smartphone-based infotainment system in early 2013.
Chevy owners will be able to connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system and use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions with Siri in “Eyes Free mode”, that enables users to interact with their iPhone using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.
“It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars. “Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.”
In the Spark and Sonic RS, owners will be able to use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:
- Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
- Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
- Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
- Access Calendar and add appointments
- Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
- While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.