One of the newest features of Siri in iOS 6 is the “free eyes” feature , aimed at minimizing driving distractions by integrating Apple’s Voice Assist with Toyota, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Honda or Land Rover models to be launched over the next year. Now, General Motors is getting in the car and taking the starting position with the presentation during the Los Angeles International Auto Show of the new Chevrolet Spark 1LT2LT and Sonic LTZ . 9to5mac
With this feature of Siri, Apple takes the hands-free function even further by allowing us to interact with our iPhone using only our voice, without the screen of the device even turning on (not like in the photos) and without taking our eyes off the road at any time. It’s as simple as connecting your phone via Bluetooth to your car’s entertainment system (MyLink for Chevrolet) and pressing the voice activation button on the steering wheel to do some of the following…
- Make voice calls to any contact in our address book.
- Play songs from our iTunes library and even choose the audio source from the AMFMXM radio to iPod mode.
- Listen, write and send SMS and iMessage messages to a phone number or any of our contacts.
- Access to the calendar and add appointments.
- Solve simple questions including sports scores or national holidays without ever turning on the iPhone screen (while in “eyes free” mode, Siri does not answer questions that require displaying a web page).
The Chevrolet Spark is available in Spain from ?9,020 and the new 2013 version will arrive in Spain in the last weeks of the year with a slight restyling that refreshes its already youthful image. The free eyes function is present in the 1LT and 2LT models with the most complete equipment and a price that will probably move around 11,000 and 12,000 euros.