American Honda Motor Co. will offer Apple's Siri Eyes Free in several of its models, including the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX, starting December 3, 2013. The Siri Eyes Free will allow drivers with compatible iPhone models to voice-instruct Siri to perform certain functions on their phone while keeping their focus on driving.
This hands-free software employs the vehicle's onboard speakers and microphones to read and send e-mails and text messages.
Siri Eyes Free can also check the weather and set up calendar entries while providing voice navigation, sports scores, and stock quotes. The hands-free program also aims to limit distractions by keeping the iPhone's screen from lighting up.
"Honda recognizes the power of Siri Eyes Free to meet the connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner," Art St. Cyr, American Honda vice president of product planning and logistics, said in a statement.
He said that with technology becoming more "integrated into people's lives," Honda is happy to provide next-generation connectivity and meet its customer's needs.
The ILX will follow all other Acuras by having an abundance of standard features, many different trim packages (Premium and Technology), and superb standard safety (such as its applauded Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, airbags for the front, side and side-curtains, four-channel anti-lock brakes, and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). It still needs testing, but Acura believes the ILX will receive the highest crash safety ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS.
The Premium Package (an option at USD3,300, but not for the ILX Hybrid) comes with leather seats, heated front seats, powered driver seat, advanced 360-watt stereo system with XM Radio, HID headlights, fog lights, 17-inch aluminium wheels, a multi-view rear-view camera, and an Active Sound Cancellation system for a less noisy interior.
In addition to what comes with the Premium Package, the Technology Package (for the 2.0 litre ILX at USD2,200) also includes Acura's award-winning ELS Surround audio system and a full range of technological features, such as the AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather with radar image maps and HomeLink.
The navigation system uses a hard-disk drive (HDD) with 60GB storage that includes 15GB that can be specifically used for storing music. The Technology Package is also available for the ILX Hybrid at USD5,500, which has the entire Premium Package except the 17-inch aluminium wheels.