The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark are the first cars ever with integration for Apple’s Siri voice recognition software.
“The Chevy Sonic and Spark are the first vehicles to offer Siri Eyes Free integration,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars. “Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.”
Smartphone integration is a growing concern for automakers trying to keep tech savvy millennials’ attention. GM’s Chevrolet MyLink telematics system relies on exactly that for its functionality and offering drivers the ability to use Siri is the latest evolution for the brand.
In the “Eyes Free” mode, drivers will be able to access Siri by pushing the steering wheel-mounted voice button. Exciting as that is, drivers who already own cars equipped with MyLink are likely wondering “why not them?”
Fear not, funky compact and sub-compact urbanites. General Motors hasn’t forgotten you either. Annalisa Bluhm, a GM spokeswoman, said all compatible cars bought from now on will already have the update and drivers already off the lot may return to their dealer for the same procedure. She also said the process itself should only take about five minutes and that it won’t cost anything extra.
GM is the first to offer a Siri-integrated car, but it is only one of a total nine automakers planning to offer compatibility.
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