• Jan 30, 2013
Less than 12 months since Apple announced "Eyes Free" Siri integration, we have another automaker officially jumping on board. Honda has just announced that its 2013 Accord, Acura RDX, and Acura ILX will all support Apple's Siri as a dealer-installed option.

"iPhone has become so integral to people's lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles," said Honda America's assistant vice president of automobile product planning Vicki Poponi in the press release below. "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."

This announcement is yet another step toward more integrated personal mobile technology in cars. The idea is that, over time, car manufacturers can use the driver's smartphones to power much of the infotainment.

There's still no word on the cost of the dealer-installed option, nor when exactly it will be available.
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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.


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      • 4 Days Ago
      Nobody is saying that "EVERYONE IS USING IPHONES" and this is going to be a "dealer installed OPTION". If you don't want it..... ummmm....don't get it. Wait for droids or other platform to catch up and come out with the programing that apple has put out.
      Rick
      • 4 Days Ago
      What if you don't want or own an Apple phone. I dislike this notion that "everyone" is using an iPhone. In fact, more droids are sold worldwide. Perhaps they should open it up to other platforms also to cover all the bases?