Siri Eyes Free tech headed to Chevy's Spark and Sonic

Posted by Thomas Anderson

General Motors has confirmed that Chevrolet will begin integrating Apple's Siri Eyes Free technology into certain models of the Spark and Sonic small vehicles in early 2013. Specifically, Siri Eyes Free will be rolling out to the Spark 1LT and 2LT models, along with the Sonic LTZ and RS.

Drivers of the above-mentioned vehicles that have an iPhone running iOS 6 will be able to perform a number of tasks using their voice - without having to look away from the road at their handset.

Meaning, drivers can more easily initiate hands-free phone calls from their contacts lists. The technology will also allow drivers to play songs in the iTunes library and switch music sources via voice commands. Drivers will also be able to listen to, compose, and send text messages or iMessages to any number for anyone saved in the contacts lists all without taking their eyes off the road. Of course, drivers will also be able to access the calendar and add appointments as well.

"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," explained Chevy exec Cristi Landy. "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."

Siri Eyes Free technology prevents the screen on the smartphone from turning on to reduce distractions while driving. While drivers can ask Siri questions using their voice while driving, when in Eyes Free mode Siri will not answer complicated questions that require the display of a webpage.