Get ready for Siri in your car. Early in 2013, Chevrolet will be the first automaker to roll out Apple's Eyes Free technology, showing up initially in the Spark (in 1LT and 2LT trims) and Sonic (in LTZ and RS versions). Both models also come with six months of OnStar service included for free, which also includes a smartphone app – available for Android, iOS or Blackberry.

Here's what Siri in your Chevy Spark or Sonic can do:
  • Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on your iPhone
  • Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
  • Listen to, compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
  • Access Calendar and add appointments
  • Minimize distraction by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions, such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
  • While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.
Chevrolet MyLink in 2014 ImpalaOwners will need a compatible iPhone (4S or 5, running iOS6) to use Siri Eyes Free, connected through Bluetooth to Chevy's MyLink infotainment system.

Speaking of which, Chevrolet has also announced that the next generation of its MyLink technology (see the image to the right) will debut with the 2014 Impala. Later in the year it will also show up in GM's new full-size trucks and SUVs and the Corvette.

There are all kinds of new features in the next-gen MyLink, but one headliner is Chevy's first use of natural voice recognition. There will also be four optional graphic treatments to choose from, large icons on the touch screen plus a set of old-fashioned knobs and steering wheel controls.

Check out all the details in the dual press releases and trio of videos below.






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Chevrolet Spark and Sonic Drive with Siri

2012-11-27

LOS ANGELES – Early next year, the Chevrolet Spark (1LT, 2LT) and Sonic LTZ and RS will integrate Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps get things done just by asking. Chevrolet made the announcement today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Through the cars' standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. To further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode that enables users to interact with their iPhone using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device's screen from lighting up.

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.

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

Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
Play songs in the iTunes library, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
Access Calendar and add appointments
Minimize distraction even more by keeping the screen of the iPhone from lighting up, even when Siri answers simple questions such as game scores or the dates of national holidays
While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.

"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."

Both the Spark and the Sonic also come with six months of OnStar's premium Directions and Connections service. OnStar brings added safety, security and connectivity to these vehicles, including services such as Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics and Roadside Assistance.

Most smartphone owners can also download the RemoteLink Mobile App, which allows OnStar subscribers to control and manage certain vehicle functions from their phone. For more information on OnStar's services, visit onstar.com.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Next-Gen MyLink System Debuts in 2014 Chevrolet Impala
Industry-first technologies provide intuitive, customizable driver experience

2012-11-27

LOS ANGELES – When the 2014 Chevrolet Impala goes on sale next spring, it will do much more than reinvent the brand's flagship sedan. It will be the first with Chevrolet's next-generation MyLink infotainment system, designed to be easy to use, highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices.

The system represents Chevrolet's first use of natural language voice recognition that allows customers to safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do. There are no key phrases to remember and no need to look at a screen. In addition to the touch screen, MyLink also can be operated via large, clearly labeled knobs or through integrated steering wheel controls.

Another first for Chevrolet is that the system can store up to 60 favorites including radio stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media – a convenient feature, for example, for those who travel to the same destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and restaurants.

Even the graphic treatment of the instrument cluster and integrated stack can be customized to one of four distinct personalities, depending on who's behind the wheel – Contemporary, Edge, Velocity and Main Street.

"MyLink in the new Impala provides our customers with a total driver experience," said Nina Mital, next-generation MyLink program manager. "With the natural voice recognition, it's like having a conversation with your vehicle."

The system is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements, Mital said. The next-generation MyLink system also will be used in other 2014 model year Chevrolets including upcoming full-size trucks and SUVs and the Corvette.

Unlike previous systems, both the instrument cluster and the integrated center stack are configurable, giving the customer the ability to display infotainment controls in direct view if desired, without ever having to view the center screen. A microphone above the driver helps ensure voice commands are heard.

On the Impala's standard 4.2-inch high-resolution LCD screen or available eight-inch screen, customers will immediately notice the layout resembles a smartphone or tablet, with intuitive, easy-to-read icons. On the eight-inch screen, customers can fling through lists, swipe and click and drag just as they would on a tablet.

Those with compatible smartphones can pair them with MyLink using Bluetooth or a USB connection. This gives customers the ability to play passengers' music or other media through the vehicle's speakers.

Another new feature allows customers whose Impalas are equipped with available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step, without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name in successive efforts. City-by-city weather reports are also provided.

Customer preferences were studied globally during the next-gen MyLink development process. "We received a lot of good customer feedback and we used it to make enhancements to the system," said Mital.

Even OnStar accessibility expands. Besides the venerable Blue button, customers can access OnStar via the screen display.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala includes six months of OnStar's premium Directions and Connections service. OnStar brings added safety, security and connectivity to these vehicles, including services such as Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics and Roadside Assistance.

Most smartphone owners can also download the RemoteLink Mobile App, which allows OnStar subscribers to control and manage certain vehicle functions from their phone. For more information on OnStar's services, visit onstar.com.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      SYNC TDI has been doing most of this for years. Couldn't Chevy figure out how to add these features without pairing with Apple and their shrinking iPhone market?
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot066
        It's not about 'what' these machines do. it's 'how'. I don't wanna get into iphone/android debates, but android is dominating by numbers because it's playing a number games. You have literally dozens (and growing) of androids outselling 3 iPhones.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          All I did was mention that Apple is losing its stronghold. They now have three phones on sale at once (compared to one or two in the past), the Galaxy S III outsold it last quarter, and there are numerous reports that say Windows Phone 8 will be the number one phone OS in the world by 2015. My main point is that Ford's SYNC TDI and as far as I know Toyota's ENTUNE works with almost any cell phone and can make calls, read text messages, read sports scores, get directions, etc. without shunning 70% of the population.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any automaker tying themselves to a proprietary system that most people do NOT use (Apple products) is making a serious mistake. I would not buy that car just on principle.
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        That'll show them! I for one like seeing a tech manufacturer tying in with car manufacturers. I thought the MS/Ford Sync was a good idea... Too bad its execution was so poor. I suppose if they went with Android support that it'd be better huh? Because there are more sold? It's ALL about money... Decisions are made on "how much money can we make".
          Gordon Chen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          It's not money. Apple jumped on this opportunity first. Dont' blame Apple or Chevy, blame Google.
      LITE SPD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any car with blutooth can do most of this already.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cell phone that I have should have no influence on the car that I buy. I love GM vehicles but can't stand Crapple and the sheep that flock at the new iPhoneys that get released every six months. Automakers should not tailor to a paticular company, rather create a more basic, universal solution. If Crapple sheep want to use their Crapple devices with their cars, fine, but don't leave Android completely out of the loop. Who cares about infotainment anyway? Just ditch it altogether, I feel like people have forgotten what cars are really meant for. Get from point A to point B and have some fun along the way, but just keep it simple, stupid.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do cars have to be video games?
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Feurig
      • 2 Years Ago
      There should be capability to use both Siri and Google Voice.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Feurig
        The problem with android is it's fragmented. It's easy to program for iOS6, because iOS6 has an 80% adoption rate (even for old phones), but android, new or old, most use ginger bread, even fewer use honeycomb, even fewer use ice cream sandwich, and a tiny fraction uses jellybean. This is on top of the dozens and dozens of vendors and types of phones you can buy. It makes it very difficult to program MyLink to work with so many phones across so many versions of operating systems.
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          Actually, fragmentation should NOT be an issue - when connected via Bluetooth. In that situation, all the car becomes is a fancy bluetooth headset.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it! Funny how yesterday we were all about Ford's MFT and today it's MyLink2. Looks like a solid system and considering how majority of people are still using iPhones it only makes sense to give a preferential nod to Apple. I like the MyLink2, but it won't get me into any GM product, however that's an altogether different topic.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RGT881
        "...majority of people are still using iPhones it only makes sense to give a preferential nod to Apple" Where did you get that from? Apple's marketing group? Apple has around 15% of the global market. My math is a little fuzzy, but wouldn't that make them a "minority"? Android is 75%.
          SheldonRoss
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ngiotta
          @rem You're largely correct, but actually the best selling single model of cell phone last quarter (Q3,12) was the Samsung Galaxy S3.
          n.bob2
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ngiotta
          any car with an auxiliary port supports my spotify just fine
          RGT881
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ngiotta
          Actually I was referring to the US smartphone market. Doesn't apply to me though because I have an Android T-Mobile G2X. I just wish there was Spotify support on today's cars. That's really all I need, all I want.
      paul3gs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thumb rings are the worst.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is a good idea because you won't have to learn a new set of voice commands between your phone and your car. Although all cars tend to offer voice control, they are all different. I wonder if the system is open enough that they could eventually use Google Voice or another phone OS solution down the road.
      William C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Main reason car manufacturers choose iOS over android is simple, iOS supports bluetooth 4.0 the newest profile. Android 4.0.2 which is the latest build, and only accounts for around 2 percent of all android phones only supports 3.0.
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