Chevrolet has added the Volt to its list of 2014 vehicles that will have Chevrolet MyLink with Siri available for iPhone users looking for infotainment perks and freedom from distracted driving. Siri Eyes Free Integration will also be available on the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu and SS.

Customers with compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod devices running iOS 6 or iOS 7 can ask Siri to deliver a number of services hands free. Eyes Free allows drivers to use their voice while keeping the device's screen from lighting up. The iPhone is paired with MyLink radio via Bluetooth, and commands are given by using the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions. Owners will be able to make voice-activated, hands-free calls from their iPhone contacts list; play songs from iTunes libraries or switch over to AM/FM radio, XM or iPod mode; compose, send and receive an iMessage or text message; access their calendar and add appoitments. See press release below for more details. Owners that choose Chevrolet MyLink also have six months of Onstar services like Directions, Automatic Crash Response and Roadside Assistance.
Chevrolet Offers iPhone Users Siri Eyes Free Integration

2013-10-14

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced additional vehicles with Chevrolet MyLink will be available with Siri, Apple's intelligent assistant that helps get things done just by asking. Siri Eyes Free Integration will be available on the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt.

"The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable," said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. Marketing. "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, so we're excited to expand this to even more customers."

Through the cars' available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 or iOS 7 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 help further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode which enables drivers to interact with their iPhones 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 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt vehicles equipped with MyLink, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:
  • Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
  • Play songs in their iTunes libraries, 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
  • In addition, these vehicles 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 current OnStar subscribers to control and manage certain vehicle functions from their phone. RemoteLink Key Fob Services, which include the ability to lock or unlock a vehicle, flash the lights and honk the horn, or start the engine on properly equipped vehicles, are free for five years and do not require an OnStar subscription. For more information on OnStar's services, visit onstar.com

* Siri is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and 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 Chevrolet
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 4.5 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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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Before the Apple/Android fan boy battles begin, I think it's safe to say that the only reason Apple is appearing first is because they have specifically developed this car-oriented feature within iOS first. It won't be long, I assume, before Android follows suit. I doubt manufacturers would limit themselves to a single Mobile OS platform. Just like Bluetooth they will probably have it that you can pair your phone for driving apps through the car. This is just the first step in that process. And remember, this isn't replacing any in car functions. It's just an add on. Like having Bluetooth or iPod integration. It's there if you want it.
      gpmp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me or does the center of the dashboard look like Darth Vader?
        Sack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gpmp
        Now that you mention it, it does! "Luke, I am your father!" Funny!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gpmp
        That is so TRUE!!! LOL !!! but this ain't the Volt dashboard tho.
      SteveG
      • 1 Year Ago
      These infotainment systems need to die. They should be nothing more than a dumb display for a smartphone or similar device. I keep my smartphone 2 years tops, I keep cars more than 10 years. My current car has a CD player that has never been used. It likely never will be used. In a couple years Volt owners will be stuck with ancient iPhones running OS7 if they want to keep using these features. That is why this is a terrible plan.
      nosoupforyou
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can already do this with existing Volts. I do it all the time with my non-MyLink Volt. 1. Press the "Talk" button the steering wheel. 2. At the prompt say "Bluetooth" 3. At the prompt say "Voice" 4. Siri is activated through the car's Bluetooth system.
      HikerCA
      • 1 Year Ago
      SteveG, that it took you three posts to finally clarify the point you were trying to make reflects more on your ability to communicate than anything my post said in reply. So yes, take a breath, read over what you write before hitting the submit button. Managing a group that's supports BYOD, support on the Android side of the fence consumes far more IT resources than a single iOS environment. As for the vehicle manufactures not being open to updating their infotainment systems, no argument from me, then again, I was responding to what you wrote, not what took you three posts to write.
        SteveG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HikerCA
        Oh grow up, we do BYOD as well. Honestly our experience is the opposite. The android users have more problems, but the iPhone users consume more IT time due to cluelessness. We have tried switching some users either way and all it proved were that a clueless user of either device is what really costs us man hours. In the future I will be sure to only use small words and try to explain everything very thoroughly for you.
      Sack
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's disturbing to me is with car manufacturers aligning themselves with a specific brand of phone it feels "limiting" because to use those features one must use that brand and software versions. If I don't want to be funneled into buying that brand of phone but want those features I might have to look elsewhere. Just as Bluetooth liberated connectivity from an iPod/iPhone plug, or USB, I wish the car manufacturers took a broader look. While iPhones are certainly popular, so are Android phones and even more so. I understand why they went with Apple but I refuse to play that game. One day someone will figure out a broader scheme which allows consumers the choice of electronics and brands to choose from. If there's anything I dislike more is the feeling in being leveraged into my buying choices.
      HikerCA
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously SteveG? You don't think Apple will continue the feature in iOS 8? This same feature coming to Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Honda, Porsche, and more and already integrated with Ferrari. This is the same Apple that is supporting computers manufactured in the fall of 2007 with Mavericks, the latest OSX variant being released next week and generally supports equipment one full update beyond, so 2015-16. The same Apple that supports iPad2s in the new iOS 7 even though they're about to release the 5th version. Maybe you're confusing iOS 7 with the multi fragmented Android OS, where it's dependent on the largess of carriers whether or not you get upgraded to a newer version (generally not since they make their money selling new handsets, and famously not supporting legacy hardware. My big question is there are currently 2014 Volts sitting on dealer lots, will they be updated via a software update or is there specific hardware that comes in later 2014 models that's required?
        SteveG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HikerCA
        Take a deep breath HikerCA. Apple will of course continue to support it, but no new features will ever make it into the 2014 cars. So you will not lose those features you just will not get any new ones. If instead the Volt supported display mirroring like the AppleTV does then this would not be a problem. Since all new software will always make it to your device and the Car would just be a display for that. Android fragmentation is largely much ado about nothing. API level settings in software allow developing for many versions at the same time. I have written an app that targeted many android versions at once. Before you say something silly, you should know I have used both and typed this comment on a MacBook Air.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          Except for Tesla which has issues a number of over the air automatic updates.
          SteveG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          To clarify, if GM lets them support it in the future. That was what my comment was about when I said they could get stuck with old devices. As bad as Android OEMs can be about updates, Car makers never update the infotainment systems. They are notorious for not doing things like you suggest about updating the software in current cars.
          mikeybyte1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          I can't imagine display mirroring being allowed in a car. The whole point of Siri Eyes Free is to reduce driver distraction. Throwing Angry Birds or other apps up onto the screen in the car is a very bad idea.
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now if only GM would follow Tesla's enlightened approach, and update older cars
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