Not long back, General Motors made the announcement that they would be implementing Siri Eyes Free technology into 2 of their models – the Chevy Sonic and Spark cars. Today, Hyundai have announced that they are also going be using it although they haven’t specified for which models yet.
This latest announcement was made at the CES show in Las Vegas with Hyundai saying that they will be adding an infotainment centre to some of their cars to enable Siri-enabled devices on iOS 6 or higher, to connect up. About the new Centre, they said that i s:
“To further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode which enables drivers to interact with their iPhone using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.”
It will also be capable of being used for hands free turn by turn navigation.
Siri Eyes Free was first introduced by Apple at WWDC 2012, at the same time as iOS 6. It was developed so that drivers could make better use of their iDevices and it would also make driving safer, because there is no need for the driver to touch or look at their device screen at all. The folks over at Car and Driver Auto Magazine spoke to engineers at both Mercedes-Benz and Chevrolet about how it would work ; this is what they had to say – source :
“ It’s important to first point out that Siri is a software change, both for the car and the phone, and not one that affects hardware—existing voice-command buttons will be used to access the system through a Bluetooth connection. According to an engineer we spoke to, Apple’s software development includes a refinement in how Siri deals with high amounts of background noise—the in-car’s single mic can pick up road, wind, and engine noise that makes it difficult for Siri to comprehend command. Apple has somehow solved the problem with the iOS 6 changes that go along with Eyes Free.”
Several vehicle manufacturers have signed up to use Siri Eyes Free in future models, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, GM, Audi, Toyota and Land Rover.