Honda has announced it will install Apple’s Siri voice-activated telematics assistant into some of its 2013 models sold in the U.S.
The 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX will offer Siri as a dealer-installed option, the carmaker said in a statement.
“Owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel,” Honda said. Siri has an “Eyes Free” mode that minimizes driver distraction by keeping the iPhone’s screen from illuminating.
Vehicles in which the Siri will be installed will allow drivers to make calls, dictate text messages, look up directions and use other Siri functions, either via Bluetooth or by plugging their iPhone into a USB cable in the car. Honda’s version of the application will connect via Bluetooth and use the onboard microphone and speakers to communicate.
Drivers will activate Siri by pressing a button on the steering wheel, with commands being directed to their phone hands-free. Siri requires Internet access and is available in Beta only for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3rd and 4th generations, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5th generation.