Honda has partnered up with Apple to bring Siri to the Accord, Acura RDX and ILX. Owners who have an iPhone running iOS 6 will be able to ask the software to perform a number of tasks via voice command using the vehicle's on board microphone and speaker systems. What's more, the tech will put the iPhone into an "eyes free" mode, which turns the screen off to help reduce distraction while driving. Honda says it has reworked its Bluetooth and HandsFreeLink systems to accommodate the Siri functionality. While the tech will only be available on three of the company's models right now, we imagine it won't be long before it shows up elsewhere.

As you may recall, Chevrolet integrated Siri into its products with vehicles like the Spark and Sonic, but Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler have also toyed with the tech to varying degrees. The seamless voice command seems to be light years ahead of the tech manufacturers are currently playing with. Check out the full press release from Honda below for more information.
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Honda and Acura to offer Convenience of Apple's SiriTM Eyes Free on Select 2013 Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 – American Honda today announced it will integrate support for Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device's screen from lighting up.

"iPhone has become so integral to people's lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles, " said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of automobile product planning, American Honda. "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 recognizes the power of Siri and Eyes Free mode as an in-vehicle tool that will help meet the connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner. Honda has reengineered its software to seamlessly integrate Siri Eyes Free mode into its Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® via the onboard microphone and speakers.

* Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

About Honda and Acura

Honda offers a diverse lineup of 12 cars and trucks including the mid-sized Accord, compact Civic, Pilot SUV, CR-V crossover SUV, Crosstour, Ridgeline and Odyssey minivan. Honda also offers a wide range of fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles that include the Insight hybrid, Natural Gas Civic, Civic Hybrid, CR-Z (sport hybrid coupe) and FCX Clarity (fuel cell-electric vehicle). Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of automobiles in 1982.


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      ICantDrive88
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to know what is included in this outside of a software add on? I have a TSX with Bluetooth and whenever my iPhone connects to it, Siri will broadcast over the speakers and use the microphone already. The only thing this would help with is now I have to use the phone to start it up, none of the steering controls start it, although they work to turn it off.
      butlermnymkr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think its the smartest thing honda ever did because their not copying ford like everyone else
      onewayroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has anyone seen a '13 Accord coupe in person yet? Just wondering what they look like in person.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @onewayroll
        I have, theyre pretty sharp looking.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      3 out of 4 mobile devices are running Android operating systems... and you commit to iOS? Sounds like a smart business move.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Mobile devices is a bit different than simply phones. Apple still shuffles out a hell of a lot of iPhones to ignore.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          Who said anything about ignoring them? His point is that honda, with their poor business decision of iOS over android, picked a feature that only represents 20% of the market, while abandoning the OS that makes up the biggest market. IOW, it's just another expensive option that will only matter to five people. That's bad business.
      untitledfolder
      • 1 Year Ago
      In this thread, butthurt Fandroids who don't understand Honda knows what they're doing, love it or hate it. They're seeking specific customers and the brand cachet of having that little fruit on their brochure. Google has never been the best at managing their project's consumer identity and recognition. Most people don't even know what the Android equivalent of Siri is called, even if it is better.
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @untitledfolder
        Uh, if Honda knew what they were doing, they wouldn't have had an "emergency refresh" of their fugly Civic, and they would never have introduced the Crossturd.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          ... discontinued the S2000 and offered no replacement, lack of a CR-Z Si, no new integra.
        Hampton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @untitledfolder
        "In this thread, butthurt Fandroids who don't understand Honda knows what they're doing, love it or hate it." (Reply) I've previously owned 3 Hondas, currently own 1 and I own a Galaxy Note. My butt doesn't hurt. "They're seeking specific customers and the brand cachet of having that little fruit on their brochure." (Reply) ...specific customers? Ferarri, maybe...but Honda? "Google has never been the best at managing their project's consumer identity and recognition." (Reply) ...you mean Apple gives you the freedom to have an identity? But I thought you had to conform to what Apple as a corporation wanted? Does anybody remember when Apple was the underdog? "Most people don't even know what the Android equivalent of Siri is called, even if it is better." (Reply) I'll remember what you said when I re-read the CNN/Money/Forbes 2012 annual report that show that the Android owns 75% of the smartphone market and the remaining 25% is split between iOS, Windows, Nokia (Symbian), Blackberry and Linux. I think for the benefit of everyone here you start citing fact based on reputable, confirmed data rather than your own shortsighted misconceptions. I'm not knocking Apple at all. I'm just saying use facts rather than conjecture.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't Honda hear? Apple's on the way out.
        futuramautoblog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        48 million iPhone sold last quarter, setting a new record with 13.1 billion in profits. All those saying Apple's on the way out are blind.
        Typesbad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Jeeze does anyone know of an automotive blog that isn't so infested with half-wit fan-boys? The automotive brand bashing is silly enough but now there is all this tribalism over phone systems as well? I looked at the iPhone5 last month and decided for myself it was best to stick with Android. Excuse me if I don't now insist that decision means that iPhones suck. Oh and I've never owned a Honda or Acura either but I don't think they suck either. Just because they added additional Apple compatibility, do you guys honestly think a global corporation like Honda has never heard of Android? Has it occured to you that maybe such compatibility came quicker with Apple because they are one manufacturer with one OS and one Siri? I've heard of at least three Android alternatives to Siri and I'm sure there are others. And my top-level Android came with none of them. t=The Apps are out their but it hasn't been a big priority for me. So while Siri-equipped phones have "only" 19% of the market what percentage is covered by the biggest Android alternative? Far less I am willing to bet. When an Android talk interface becomes as ubiquitous as Siri, I'm sure Honda will do their best to integrate it as well. They are probably trying to determine right now which system will be the winner and how to make the integration work across all the manufacturer's, each of whom tweak the Android OS uniquely.
          Basil Exposition
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Typesbad
          Fan-boy? LOL. Don't think so. I don't even have a smart phone so I certinaly have no preference in smartphone operating systems. My comment was based on the continuous reports of Apple's steadily declining market share, stock price, sales, market cap, profit, and "coolness factor" (USA Today's words, not mine). By all accounts the company is on a downward trend and I question Honda's decision to incorporate declining propriatary technology into their products.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see automakers like Honda keeping up with technology and integrating Siri in their cars. Meanwhile, Mercedes still doesn't install Bluetooth standard in it's crappy cars. What a shame.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Mercedes buyers are usually older and don't always make use of bluetooth.
      clquake
      • 1 Year Ago
      What if you're not part of the iSheep crowd?
      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a long-time Acura owner, I am not confident this will work, and am disappointed (angry) that Honda does not retrofit (upgrade) systems like Ford, BMW, and others. Honda has some of the worst user and technical interfaces in the industry.
      hebertd106
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's just stupid
      • 1 Year Ago
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        ...
        • 1 Year Ago
        More than a Ford product eh? You should do some reading on those 1.6 Ecoboost fire recalls..
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @...
          And how many recalls has Honda had for airbag issues? Out of the dozen engines Ford has come out with in the past few years they had 3 recalls for the 1.6. How many actual fires happened because of them? Exactly.
          ...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @...
          Ford had the most recalls last year. Toyota had the highest number of cars recalled. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/08/toyota-tops-2012-recalls-in-volume-ford-in-number-of-campaigns/
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        How have those Focuses been selling?
          XJ Yamaha
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Wasn't it one of the best selling models in their lineup as of the end of last year? Electric focuses on the other hand....
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another reason to avoid Hondas. They'll turn you into an Apple snob.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        Oh please, you know with Apples market share in the industry if Honda didnt do it first someone else would have.
          Luc K
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          You know the market share of iPhone (and the ones compatible with these phones)? They're not #1 and who knows where they are in 5 years. No one can predict yet your car will still have it... If it would be 90% I might get that feature but seems only trendy to offer it than being useful to majority of people.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          That is true, but better Honda than, say, Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan/Infiniti, or Toyota/Lexus.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          No, apples market share is not that large. Not counting the US, apple does not lead in market share anywhere. And they have been on the decline in many developed markets outside the US, Singapore leading the way in apple defections. America is the only place that has increased in apple share, and clearly we, overall, are not a very intelligent nation. So clearly they love that dumb unusable OS.
          Mr E
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          as per the article, they did not do it first. also, tightly integrating with a single line of products seems like a bad idea. however, for huge apple fans, as it sounds like you are, this is probably exciting.
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