General Motors has announced today at the L.A. Auto Show official integration of its MyLink infotainment system with Apple’s Siri automated intelligent assistant. GM Authority was first to report on GM’s plans to bring Siri to its cars this summer.
Starting with the Chevy Spark (1LT, 2LT) and Sonic (LTZ, RS), both of which offer the Chevrolet MyLink system standard, customers with compatible iPhones running iOS 6 will be able interact with Siri to perform numerous tasks, all while safely keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. The integration also enables Siri’s Eyes Free mode — which keeps the device’s screen from lighting up during Siri interactions.
Thanks to this interaction, drivers will be able to:
- Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
- Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
- Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
- Access Calendar and add appointments
- Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
- While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page
To enable this functionality, all drivers need to do is pair their iPhone via Bluetooth and use voice activation controls on the steering wheel to begin and end sessions with Siri, which runs in Eyes Free mode.
In addition, both the Spark and Sonic come with six months of OnStar’s Directions and Connections service, which also offers the utilization of the OnStar’ RemoteLink Mobile App — allowing subscribers to control and manage vehicle functions from their Apple, Android, or BlackBerry device.
The GM Authority Take
Chevy is well ahead of all other automakers in integrating Siri Eyes Free functionality into its vehicles — well ahead of other (luxury) brands even. Overall, the integration results in a much-improved driving experience that’s safer and more connected. Kudos goes out to GM and to Chevy.