Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX to offer Siri Eyes Free starting December 3

Article by Anita Panait, on November 27, 2013

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.

Press Release

Select Honda and Acura Vehicles Now Offering Siri Eyes Free Integration

  • Siri™ Eyes Free now available as a dealer installed accessory
  • Additional Siri functionality for Honda vehicles to be announced December 3 via Google Hangout

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.

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.

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