Honda and Acura will be among the first automakers to integrate Apple’s Siri voice command feature in their vehicles with a new system dubbed “Eyes Free.” The system will allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road while enjoying the convenience of Apple’s Siri digital personal assistant.
Eyes Free will initially be offered as a dealer-installed option later this year on the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX, and ILX (no word if or when the option will roll out on other models). The system, which integrates with the vehicle’s Bluetooth, microphone, and speakers, will work with most Siri-equipped Apple products running iOS 6. Drivers will be able to use Eyes Free for a number of tasks such as navigation inputs, making phone calls, completing text messages, and restaurant recommendations.
Expect other automakers to soon follow in Honda and Acura’s footsteps. As previously reported, Eyes Free will also be offered by Toyota and many other carmakers. General Motors, for example, already offers Siri integration in the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, making those two small cars attractive to budget-minded and tech-savvy buyers. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if most future in-vehicle infotainment systems will largely depend on smartphone integration to complete most tasks.