Honda Accord, ILX and Acura RDX to get Siri integration later this year

Siri integration options in vehicles are about increase dramatically in near future as Siri Eyes Free support in cars is about to increase from two to five. At CES 2013, Cnevy made a presentation of Siri Eyes Free integration in the subcompact Spark and compact Sonic. Now Honda has announced that it will be launching three significantly larger vehicles in corporate stable.

Later this year, users of Siri equipped iOS devices running iOS 6 will have an additional option while purchasing a 2013 Acura RDX, Honda Accord or Acura ILX to append Siri Eyes Free integration. This will let the iOS Users to perform tasks on their phones while keeping their eyes on the road. This Siri Eyes Free mode can enhance the hands-free functionality, and can lessen distractions. Honda is devising Siri integration, which will be a ‘dealer-installed option’. This means that there will be a hardware button swap/rewiring and/or software upgrading, which is supposed to get done at dealership before you take your car home.

Vicki Poponi, the assistant VP of automobile product planning, American Honda said, “iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles. Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”

Honda has not disclosed as yet that where will the control for triggering Siri will be positioned in the vehicles. When it is the question of Honda joint program, it cannot be said right now that Honda will restrict the Siri integration to RDX, Accord and ILX for longer period of time, nor we can expect Honda to be a add-on dealer while considering the time of performing mid-cycle refreshes and cyclic redesigns. In the world of automobiles, things change very slowly, which is goof from the cost perspectives.


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