General Motors has found a way to bring Apple’s witty personal assistant Siri to their cars. The Siri to Chevy integration will start with Chevy’s two newest and smallest cars: the Chevy Spark and Sonic. Chevy is attempting to connect with “millennials” or twenty-something’s who are in constant need of new innovative products and being connected to all things digital.
Siri will be activated in the vehicle’s “infotainment” system with steering wheel buttons, and will operate in what will be called “Siri in Eyes Free Mode.” The goal is to achieve maximum Siri integration while causing minimum driver distraction.
(Photo: Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
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One of the major reasons for Chevy to use phone-activated apps is that they don’t run the risk of developing their own innovative product technology only to have it rendered outdated in a couple of years. Smartphone technology is rapidly evolving and changing, so easily incorporating into vehicles is a safer bet than vehicle manufacturers developing their own systems. Siri integration will start with Chevy’s smaller cars, and eventually work its way into more vehicle models as time goes on.
One of the most exciting features is that even while inside the vehicles, Siri will maintain most of the same functionality it has on Apple iPhones. “Siri in Eyes Free Mode” will offer up safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity to drivers of the Chevy Sonic and Spark.
For more information on Siri integration in Chevrolet vehicles, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2012/11/27/siri-apple-iphone-gm-general-motors-chevrolet-sonic-spark/1728871/