Regulars here may remember about Apple patenting a new in-car remote control system that would link a steering mounted hardware to your iOS device. While we assumed that, the system was limited to media control alone, new reports suggest that it changes the meaning of hands-free.
Apple has announced that the voice-command service called Siri will be integrated with a steering mounted hardware on some production vehicles. During the keynote at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple revealed the Eyes Free, which includes a chunky shortcut button on the steering wheel that will link to the iOS devices’ voice control feature, without the user having to shuffle with the gadget on the go. The Siri function will make its entry in the iPad with the debut of iOS6 this fall. Apart from the regular navigation system, it will provide sports, music and movies infotainment, send Tweets and launch apps.
Several automakers have singed deals with Apple to house the new technology in their future lineup. This includes Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota. However, Ford and Hyundai-Kia chose to dump the Apple technology for the pact with Microsoft for high-end Sync-branded in-car entertainment systems.
We can expect the Siri technology to be available in cars over next 12 months.