2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX to Offer Apple's Siri

Siri
Later this year, Honda will integrate the iPhone's Siri artificial assistant into the 2013 Accord, as well as the 2013 RDX and ILX from the automaker's Acura luxury division. If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 running the latest operating system, Siri can read incoming text messages, respond to texts and emails, add calendar appointments, check the weather, give sports scores or stock quotes, find points of interest, announce turn-by-turn directions or make a phone call over the car's Bluetooth system — just by pressing the steering-wheel Bluetooth button for a few moments. It's all part of Apple's new Eyes Free mode, which works while your smartphone screen stays dark.

Pricing for the dealer-installed option is still pending, Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles said. The news follows a similar announcement from GM, with other automakers — Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, according to Engadget — set to follow.

Dealer-equipped cars "should already recognize" the system from a compatible iPhone, Eagles said. "It's going to be done through new software installed into the telematics system in the car. You shouldn't have to download anything" in terms of apps. It does not work with the iPad, however.

Our editors have iPhones aplenty, so we'll report on Siri's car smarts once we get a look.

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Comments 

ATL304

Sounds like a great addition to my 2013 RDX, assuming it works with cars that are already purchased and on the road?

What Acura really needs is a way to enter address text into the navigation system from a smartphone, via an app or other means. Would be much easier and user friendly than their current selection knob or practically useless voice recognition. Would be a great optional add-on, similar to how I can use an optional smartphone app to more easily control my Roku media streaming device.

Jay

Sooner or later employers won't need to lease office space. They have everyone pull up in a parking garage and work from there. All this new infotainment is beginning to sound like overkill. What happened when people purchased cars to actually enjoy driving?

Sounds like this app may encourage Honda car owners to pick an Iphone over Android since the integration seems to be smoother for Iphones.

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