Earlier this year, during the announcement of iOS 6, Apple CEO Tim Cook showed off a number of new features available to users of the iPhone’s integrated assistant, Siri. Not only could she open apps and ask for sports scores, but the API was opened up to select car manufacturers to integrate the service into their dashboards.
General Motors’ Chevrolet is to be the first car brand to take Apple up on the offer. Starting next year, two models, the Spark and Sonic, will have built-in Siri integration; all you need to do is pair your iPhone or network-connected iPad to the car’s dashboard and away you go. It comes courtesy of Chevy’s MyLink service, which integrates mapping, voice recognition and other hands-free features. The cars will also support Eyes Free mode, which allows drivers to interact with Siri using a button on the wheel without turning on the iPhone’s screen. The assistant will be able to make calls, listen to and send text messages, make appointments, play songs, and make basic queries such as look up sports scores.
Other manufacturers will be participating in the Eyes Free projects are Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Toyota.
And before you ask, no, iOS 6 Maps will not be the car’s location services provider.