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General Motors to integrate Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode into 2013 Spark and Sonic

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General Motors to integrate Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode into 2013 Spark and Sonic
General Motors announced that it will be integrating Apple's Siri voice control system in two of its 2103 models - the Chevy Spark and Sonic LTZ and RS models.

They will come with Siri's Eyes Free regime, that was announced during Apple's WWDC event, pairing up an iOS 6 device with the MyLink infotainment system. 

Eyes Free keeps your screen shut to avoid distractions, but Siri helps you make calls, send messages, check your calendar, play music and so on. Chevy's marketing director Cristi Landy issued a statement on the news:

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. Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink's existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.


via PCMag

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posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:57 5

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No android fan will ever buy GM again lol

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:53 2

7. kirholstov (Posts: 136; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'm not an android fan but I won't buy it too :D

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:04

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol that's fair

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:13 2

14. -box- (Posts: 3821; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


No reason to buy GM anyway, even less of a potential for one now.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:22 1

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Siri or not, I've never been fond of their cars anyway. I've always prefer Dodge and Ford to them. I'd never refuse a Camaro though, but If I had to choose, I'd rather take the Challenger instead. Or even the GT500.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 19:04

34. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I tend to like Chevys, but I would not get the Camaro. They look cool, but they have too many problems. It is too heavy, too slow, and has a tendency to understeer. The 6.2 L V8 is only theoretically capable of around 800 hp, while the 5.0 L ford engine is theoretically capable of up to 1000 hp. The Shelby is also lighter and has a better front suspension geometry. These allow the front to hold on and the back to kick out for some muscle car fun. The Mustang also has better stock superchargers, and is capable of much greater speed for a lesser amount of money.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:36

17. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


hell yea...they will just cryy in car fr not havin an iphone .now i have more excuse to get back an iphone .

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 16:15

28. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I guess they forgot to mention that Android and Windows mobile works for the car too and you can use certain phone apps and GPS.

I was looking to buy one of these a couple weeks ago.

Again, iPhonearena...

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 16:45

29. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Driver: Siri where can I hide a dead body?

Siri: Loading... Let me drive you into a ditch...

*car goes into ditch everyone dies*

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:05 1

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Eyes Free keeps your screen shut to avoid
distractions, but Siri helps you make calls, send
messages, check your calendar, play music and so
on." do you realize the irony in that lines??

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:05

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So if it was google voice it would b ok, or is this type of tech period bad for cars

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:15

15. -box- (Posts: 3821; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Depending on how it is integrated it can be more of a distraction than a help. I like how Ford does their Microsoft Sync system, all hands-free and with steering-wheel controls for radio and stuff so eyes can stay on the road where they belong.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:01

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok so ur for it as long as its done rite.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:20

31. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You ever heard or seen a warning sign cautioning
people not to call or text while driving?? It's
even banned in most countries and you know
why? Because it's a distraction to the driver in
case you haven't heard. So what's the point in
having those features when infact, calling and texting are distractions??

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 19:02

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhh!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 01:01

39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Haha...man! You are amusing sometimes! I wonder if you're a kid.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:12 3

3. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


this is classic! General Motor will be gettin a few returns from android users..
LOL.... ima need SIRI in Range Rover and i'll be a HAPPY HAPPY Camper

#TeamIphone B*tches!!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:06 3

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'd like to have Siri or some type of asst. n my car. Siri would do just fine though

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:13 2

13. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


word!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:14

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


iGeneral Motors

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:38

27. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


When an iDevice Era is over then infected the GM and becoming iGM, which is later on tax payer will bailout all the iProduct - including Tim Cook's mansion.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 19:03

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude just shutup please. Pleeeeaasssssssseeee!!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:41 5

5. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This is LAME.

I'm tired of companies adopting proprietary technology, then forcing consumers to use their producs (Apple) in order to get the most from the system.

GM should be using a device agnostic system that can sync with any smart phone.. not just Apple.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:07 2

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Awwwww hush. If it was google voice you'd b just fine with only that.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 11:08

12. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


The Chevy Spark does sync with Android. The two apps available on the mylink work with apple, android, and blackberry. Sadly not WP7 which I use, but that is because they don't have pandora or sticher or onstar in their App store. This is just adding another feature that the iPhone has and when Google's voice command becomes more popular I am sure it will work with that too if it hasn't already. I can confirm right now that I am able to use hands free texting with voice commands with my WP7 on my Chevy Spark as long as the phone is connected by bluetooth and the radio is set to the phone as its music source..

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:16 1

19. Slammer (Posts: 1068; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I have posted the same feelings in other blogs as well as to General Motors. On a marketing perspective, it does no good to make a non-Apple or Non-Android product strictly indigenous to only one platform. Cars, appliances or any other non-proprietary product that uses remote capability of mobile devices, should be able to adapt to multiple OS platforms in order to open up wide spread sale potential.

John B.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 13:15

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


of course it's lame. the auto industry don't realize there are other phones and tablets too use instead of Ipads

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 13:53

24. Fallout09 (Posts: 417; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Or the fact that Android has significantly a larger piece of the market share. If it works with all devices I am game for it. However based on Apple's normal MO, I expect it will only work with IOS devices.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 13:54

25. Fallout09 (Posts: 417; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


AGREED! I dont care who makes the system, just would like it to play fair with everyone.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:51

6. kirholstov (Posts: 136; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Cool!

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:45 2

20. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I'm just worried about the maps, still not confident enough to trust Apple maps navigation system. I prefer waze, it guides me where I want to go.

Siri: "Turn right in 50 mts"
Me: "but I'm in a bridge..."
Siri: "Turn right"
Me: ...
Siri: "Recalculating route..."
Siri: "Turn left in 100 mts"
Me: "k"
Siri: "Turn left"
CRRAASSHH!!!
Siri: "One more down"

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 19:40

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 11948; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That wasn't even the least bit funny

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 12:53

21. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I will just pray that drivers of these cars don't ask siri to check maps and routes for them...................

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 13:04 1

22. TheMan (Posts: 408; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Well, when I get my self-driving car (power by Google technology), there won't be an iPhone connected to the console.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdgQpa1pUUE

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 14:10

26. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Why would any company tie themselves to APPLE over hands free software?GM better hope that APPLE does not flop....

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:17

30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You ever heard or seen a warning sign cautioning people not to call or text while driving?? It's even banned in most countries and you know why? Because it's a distraction to the driver in case you haven't heard. So what's the point in having those features when infact, calling and texting are distractions??

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 20:31

36. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Oh dear. GM buyers better invest on good car and accident insurance!!!!

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 00:31

37. XYZ360 (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


Hope they don't use imaps as their gps

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