Holden has confirmed that the CDX trim level of its Barina subcompact car will be the first car in Australia to offer Siri Eyes Free Integration. The Barina is a rebadged Chevrolet Sonic, which itself is known in some markets as the Chevy Aveo (or new Aveo).
In driving the Barina CDX, which comes equipped with the MyLink infotainment system standard with the 7″ color touch-screen, customers will be able to utilize an iPhone running iOS 6 and direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while maintaining safe operation of the car by keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. The functionality was announced by Chevrolet for the Spark and Sonic in November of 2012.
Eyes Free functionality prevents the iPhone’s screen from lighting up,
ensuring increasing the chance that drivers don’t look at their phone screen while driving. Owners need to connect (pair) their iPhone to the MyLink system via Bluetooth and then utilize the voice activation button on the steering wheel to begin and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode. Available functionality includes, but is not limited to:
- Hands-free calls to contacts on the iPhone
- Listen to, compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
- Access the calendar to add appointments
MyLink also contains integrations with Stitcher Internet Radio, Pandora internet radio, BringGo navigation and TuneIn radio.