Voice-activated Siri coming to Chevrolet

Apple's software will debut in Chevy Spark and Sonic

Author: Steven Cooper, Problem Solver, scooper@clickorlando.com
Published On: Nov 27 2012 02:47:20 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Chevrolet announced today that it will integrate Apple's voice-activated Siri software into two of its models early next year.  The company says Siri, which debuted on the iPhone 4S, will make it safer for drivers to perform a number of tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

The software will first appear in the automaker's Spark and Sonic LTZ and RS cars, using the vehicles' Chevy MyLink infotainment system, a standard smartphone-based feature. 

Using an Eyes Free mode, drivers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can interact with their iPhone using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.

“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,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars. “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.”

In the Spark and Sonic RS, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:

Owners simply connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system, and use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode.