TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced that select Honda and Acura models including the 2013 -2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX now offer Apple’s Siri Eyes Free mode as a dealer installed accessory. Customers can visit a Honda or Acura dealership to purchase and install Siri Eyes Free integration so compatible iPhone customers can direct Siri to perform tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. By reengineering the software in select vehicles (through the HondaLink™ or AcuraLink™ connected car systems) Siri seamlessly works with HandsFreeLink® via the onboard microphone and speakers.
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“Honda recognizes the power of Siri Eyes Free to meet connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics, American Honda. “With technology becoming further integrated into people’s lives, we are happy to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”
Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps minimize distractions by keeping an iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
Additional functionality includes:
— Sending text messages and e-mails
— Reading incoming text messages and emails
— Setting up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
— Checking the weather
— Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth® Audio or iPod mode)
— Sports scores and stock quotes
Additional Siri Eyes Free functionality available on Honda vehicles will be revealed on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 featuring Honda connected car experts. To join the discussion on December 3 at 10 a.m. Pacific, please visit: https://plus.google.com/+Honda.
Siri is available on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad Air, 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.
Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America through 2012 using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.
SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.