Honda in press release dated January 30, 2013 has finally announced that the company partnered with Apple to integrate Siri on a number of models produced and marketed by the car maker.
According to the same press release, Honda will start integrating Siri on the 2013 Honda Accord as well as on the Acura ILX and RDX. Siri’s integration into these models will help drivers and owners who currently have iOS 6-powered iPhones do a lot of things while driving.
Using Siri’s so-called “Eyes Free” mode, the driver could easily access some of the iPhone’s functions by uttering a number of voice commands. Honda has also stressed out that the vehicle’s on-board speakers and microphone systems will also take part in allowing the driver to use the smartphone’s hands-free functionality. Due to this, owners and drivers of the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura ILX, and Acura RDX could now use their iPhones even when driving.
Honda’s move to integrate Siri in three of its car models is also considered by a lot of car experts as a very useful undertaking since this will not only allow the vehicle owners to stay connected to the outside world while driving but also help them travel safely.
Honda has also revealed that Siri’s integration into the three car models produced and sold by the company will also help in reducing the sources of distraction that the driver is getting from using an iPhone while sitting behind the wheel. This is because the iPhone’s Eyes Free mode will also prevent the screen of the iOS 6 device from lighting. Thus, the driver could still maintain his or her eyes on the road thereby reducing the risk of accident or collision that distracted driving might cause.
As of the present, Honda continues to reengineer the software of the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura ILX, and Acura RDX to ensure that the Siri Eyes Free mode will be seamlessly integrated into each of the vehicle model’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink through their onboard speakers and microphones.
When asked to comment regarding this move, American Honda’s vice president of automobile product planning Vicki Poponi stated that integrating Siri together with its Eyes Free mode into some of the company’s car models is a great opportunity for Honda to provide its customers with an advanced form of connectivity.