CES: Hyundai Integrates Apple’s Siri in Future Models image

Hyundai plans to collaborate with both Google and Apple for its future models’ navigation systems.

Last week Hyundai announced a Google Maps-based navigation system for its future models, letting everyone know that it is siding with the multinational corporation in the in-car tech. But it seems that the Korean carmaker also makes some room for Apple too, choosing to incorporate its Siri software, one of the three new technologies Hyundai will present at the 2013 International CES electronics show.

Hyundai’s new Eyes Free mode, allows drivers with iOS 6-equipped devices to use Siri in order to access and operate the vehicle’s infotainment system. This means that drivers won’t have to use the confusing touch screens menus anymore and replace them with simple voice commands. The Eyes Free mode also prevents the device’s screen from lighting up so that the driver’s attention won’t be distracted.

Besides the Siri Eyes Free mode, the Korean automaker will also present two other new technologies at the show: Dragon Drive and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). Dragon Drive, which was created by Nuance, was designed to make in-car voice communications more natural which will allow the diver to avoid a rigid set of instructions when telling the car to find directions to a certain location or play a certain song for example. The Mobile High-Definition Link, which includes 8 digital audio channels and 1080p uncompressed video capability, allows users to display apps on the vehicle’s dashboard screen.