Let’s talk: Major automakers announce interest in Apple’s Siri

Let's talk: Major automakers announce interest in Apple's Siri

Upcoming automobiles from Honda, General Motors, and Toyota will integrate Apple’s Siri voice control technology into each vehicle’s connectivity systems, Automotive News reports.

The announcement comes in the wake of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco and is said to include Chrysler, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and Jaguar/Land Rover among the other automakers that will implement Siri into upcoming models.

Consumers already familiar with Apple’s virtual assistant will largely know what to expect as Siri will function in much the same way as she currently does.

Performing a myriad of tasks, Siri will allow drivers to make phone calls, dictate text messages, and ask for directions by simply plugging an iPhone into an existing USB port in their car. Additionally, by pressing a button located on the steering wheel (similar to existing voice activation protocols) drivers will be able to give voice commands to Siri hands-free.

Of course fiddling around with Siri while driving isn’t exactly ideal, which is why in an effort to decrease distracted driving and keep motorist’s eyes on the road Siri will utilize a new feature called “Eyes Free.” The new feature — which will be released as part of Apple’s latest version of its mobile OS later this fall – allows drivers to interact with Siri with the screen turned off in order to mitigate  distraction while driving.

It’s not all about getting Apple inside your car though. Siri integration in upcoming vehicles may very well signal a shift in the industries’ overall strategy when it comes to in-car infotainment and connectivity. Currently, navigation, music/apps, and other functions are served by entertainment systems like Ford’s MyFord Touch and General Motor’s MyLink. However, they aren’t always easy to navigate or all that intuitive.

With a potential shift to smart device-centered systems, automakers could finally be taking a back seat approach to entertainment and navigation systems. After all, why provide limited and often rudimentary systems when smart phones are readily abundant and companies like Apple and Android already provide a much more compelling and reliable service?

Confirmation on which exact vehicle models will feature the Siri service is limited to GM and its upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic, while both Honda and Toyota have confirmed they are working on integrating Siri into new vehicles, but declined to say when exactly that would occur.

Mobile

Get your photos on billboards with Apple’s 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ program

Like previous years, Apple has once again launched its Shot on iPhone program, which encourages users to submit the best photos they've taken with their iPhone. Ultimately, the winners will get their photos featured on billboards.
Mobile

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

Selecting an iPad from Apple's lineup can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our comprehensive guide should put the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. Find your ideal iPad with the help of our guide.
Home Theater

All of the TVs getting Apple’s AirPlay 2 in 2019

This year, Apple made it clear it was done keeping its AirPlay wireless streaming technology to itself. With an open API, the way is clear for a plethora of third-party devices, including this growing list of TVs.
Mobile

C you soon? Rumors swirl of a USB-C port on 2019 iPhones

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Mobile

Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android

These days, most people tend to favor digital messages over phone calls. We have the best messaging apps that allow you to share photos and documents, send text messages, and more with end-to-end encryption.
Apple

Want a MacBook that will last all day on a single charge? Check these models out

Battery life is one of the most important factors in buying any laptop, especially MacBooks. Their battery life is typically average, but there are some standouts. Knowing which MacBook has the best battery life can be rather useful.
Product Review

Controversy has dogged the MacBook Pro lately. Is it still a good purchase?

The MacBook Pro is a controversial laptop these days -- and that's unfortunate. Due to some divisive changes Apple made to the functionality of the MacBook Pro, fans are more split. Does the 8th-gen refresh change that?
Mobile

The best iPhone 6 cases for style and protection

No one likes a bruised Apple. Scratches, scuffs, and cracks on a new iPhone 6 are enough to ruin anyone’s day. Check out the best iPhone 6 cases and get some protection on that shiny new smartphone.
Mobile

Is 5G as fast as they’re saying? We break down the speeds

We take a look at the kinds of speeds you can expect from 5G when the networks roll out. Find out 5G compares to the last generation of network technology, what the minimum and maximum speeds will be, and what it means for us.
Mobile

Tizen 4 arriving on Samsung’s Gear S3 and Gear Sport smartwatches

Samsung is updating the Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Frontier, and the Gear Sport to the newest version of Tizen 4. Along with of some little tweaks to usability and quality-of-life, Samsung has added some new features.
Mobile

Mobvoi’s TicWatch E2 and S2 are the most affordable Wear OS smartwatches yet

Quality smartwatches don't have to be expensive, and Mobvoi's TicWatch is the proud paladin of that philosophy. Mobvoi's new TicWatch S2 and are both available for low prices from Amazon and Mobvoi's website.
Deals

Save up to $950 with the best smartphone deals for January 2019

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $950.
Mobile

Apple Pay coming to more top U.S. stores, including Target and Taco Bell

Apple Pay is the best way to pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple Pay support is being rolled out across the U.S. for a variety of top retailers, including Taco Bell, Target, Hy-Vee, and more.
Mobile

The 2020 iPhones may only use OLED displays and Intel 5G modems

While some reports hinted that Apple was looking to move away from using Intel tech, a new report suggests the exact opposite. Reportedly, Apple has chosen Intel to supply 5G modems for Apple's first 5G-enabled iPhone, due in 2020.