Future Honda Accord, Acura RDX, and ILX owners who also happen to own a Siri-capable Apple iDevice can look forward some slick new interfacing with the cars’ infotainment systems.
Honda has just announced that the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX, and ILX will now come with integration software for people with Siri in their pockets. Owners can now benefit from more hands-free capability. For instance, you can instruct Siri to perform a number of tasks with the cars’ built-in hands-free systems. Honda coins it “Eyes Free” mode, which integrates with Bluetooh and Honda’s patented HandsFreeLink ® system.
“iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles, ” said Vicki Poponi in the press release, Honda of America’s assistant vice president of automobile product planning. “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.”
Now, this was never really new because my 2011 eighth-generation Accord Coupe has Bluetooth and HandsFreeLink and if done properly, I could also instruct Siri to conduct iPhone tasks. Though, I did still have to hold the actual Home button on the iPhone to enable Siri. Additionally, voice inputs weren’t always clear so Siri was often confused. Owners of similarly-equipped Honda cars may also have noticed this.
Either way, it’s official now and these updated versions are more likely to work much more seamlessly.
Honda and Acura to offer Convenience of Apple’s SiriTM Eyes Free on Select 2013 Vehicles
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 – American Honda today announced it will integrate support for Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
“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.”
Honda recognizes the power of Siri and Eyes Free mode as an in-vehicle tool that will help meet the connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner. Honda has reengineered its software to seamlessly integrate Siri Eyes Free mode into its Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® via the onboard microphone and speakers.
* Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.
About Honda and Acura
Honda offers a diverse lineup of 12 cars and trucks including the mid-sized Accord, compact Civic, Pilot SUV, CR-V crossover SUV, Crosstour, Ridgeline and Odyssey minivan. Honda also offers a wide range of fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles that include the Insight hybrid, Natural Gas Civic, Civic Hybrid, CR-Z (sport hybrid coupe) and FCX Clarity (fuel cell-electric vehicle). Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda’s first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of automobiles in 1982.
- By: Chris Chin