Back in November of last year, Chevrolet confirmed it would be rolling out Apple Siri Eyes Free integration for its Sonic and Spark vehicles.
This week, the auto manufacturer announced that its 2013 Sonic and Spark vehicles fitted with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system will be offered with Siri integration as early as next month.
“The Chevy Sonic and Spark are the first vehicles to offer Siri Eyes Free integration,” said 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.”
Essentially, the Siri Eyes Free integration will be handled directly through the car’s MyLink infotainment system – offering drivers control over the iPhone using their voice. Meaning, in both the 2013 model Spark and Sonic cars, drivers will be able to make voice-activated hands-free phone calls to any contact on the iPhone. Drivers will also be able to play songs from the iTunes library and switch sources on infotainment system automatically – simply using their voice.
Additional features include the ability to listen to and compose text messages to anyone saved in the contacts list, as well as accessing calendars and add appointments. As with any Eyes Free connectivity offered, the screen of the iPhone won’t light up and Siri will still respond to all normal commands.
Owners of the 2013 Spark or Sonic will be able to upgrade their existing MyLink radios to support Siri Eyes Free starting in March. No specific date for the update be available is offered. IPhone users have to be running at least iOS 6.0 and some functions require Internet access, meaning you will be charged for data and texts depending on your plan.