Automakers Are Lining Up To Include Apple’s Voice Recognition Technology, Siri, In Their Vehicles
Siri, Apple’s voice recognition technology, is the rage among iPhone users. The new technology, available with the iPhone 4S, allows a user to ask questions and receive answers from their smartphone. Consumers are increasingly demanding that they can be connected 24/7 whether behind the wheel of not. At the same time, government regulators and safety advocates are pushing for rules to limit devices that can distract drivers. Siri may be the answer.
The latest automakers to adopt Siri are Honda and General Motors. Toyota and Audi are also in line for the technology. Mercedes, Chrysler, BMW, Jaguar, and Land Rover have said they will be using Siri in their entertainment systems.
General Motors was one of the first to see the advantages offered by the Apple system. Siri will be offered in the Chevrolet Spark and Chevrolet Sonic in the 2013 model year.
Those concerned about drivers taking their eyes off the road to text or make a cell phone call should cheer one of the new Siri features, Eyes Free. The feature will be available this fall. It will allow drivers to change iPhone settings while the screen is off. Technology, however, may be moving faster than government action.
This innovation comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued voluntary guidelines on ways automakers can help curb distracted driving, and numerous state and local governments have passed laws to make cell phone use by drivers illegal.
Since drivers seem to be flaunting these laws, Siri may be the best answer.