Apple’s “Siri Eyes Free” feature will become a more prominent part of Chevy’s terrific and reinvigorated lineup of vehicles, including the 2014 Camaro, Malibu, Cruze and Volt. Through Chevy’s MyLink service, users will be able to interact with their iOS device without actually looking at it, a hugely convenient feature that aims to cut down on smartphone-related road distractions. Siri Eyes Free was first made available to the Chevy Spark and Sonic earlier this year.
Chevy vice president of U.S. Marketing, Chris Perry, explained the automaker saw hugely positive feedback in response to Siri Eyes Free integration, which is why support is expanding. Any iPhone running iOS 6 and up is compatible, and can take advantage of a (mostly) distraction-free driving environment. In addition to plenty of hands-free functionality, Eyes Free mode gives users complete control by simply using their voice; to minimize distractions, your phone’s screen doesn’t even light up.
Chevy hasn’t been the only company working to integrate Apple’s Eyes Free system into vehicles. Honda worked to integrate the feature into some of its 2013 models, while BMW also made an effort to make Siri Eyes Free a staple of its 2014 cars and beyond. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said introducing a distraction-free element to automobiles was “very important” for the company.
Going even further beyond Eyes Free implementation, Apple also detailed a new “iOS in the Car” feature, which essentially allows iOS devices to integrate with a car’s in-dash system, though your car will need to be “iOS in the Car” compatible.