GM announced that the first auto models to offer Apple’s Siri in a vehicle will be the Chevrolet Spark mini car, the 2014 Spark Electric Vehicle and the 2014 Chevy Sonic LTZ and RS subcompact cars.
GM is the first automaker to offer full functionality of Siri in a car, offering drivers the possibility to connect their iO6 iPhone to MyLink via Bluetooth, just like Ford’s Sync voice-activation system. Drivers of Spark and Sonic models will be able to access a variety of features only by using their voice, minimizing distraction.
The system will include an Eyes Free mode, which means that drivers will not use their hands or their eyes to write messages, answer and make phone calls, change the radio station or access calendars and appointments. But Siri will not answer complex questions which require opening a web page.
“It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands,” Cristi Landy, marketing director for Chevy’s small cars, said in a statement.
When Apple presented Siri’s hands-free capability in June, it also announced that several automakers, among which GM, were eager to include the Eyes Free system in their vehicles in the next 12 months.