Stop the clock! Holden is about to cross the line in Australia with the first car in the country to include full Eyes-Free Siri compatibility, by sticking it into the already tech-laden Barina CDX hatchback.
Apple calls it “Eyes-Free Siri”, and it works when Apple and car manufacturers like GM — Holden’s parent — work together to integrate it into the on-board infotainment systems. Plugging your iPhone into the Barina CDX already lets you sync your music and take your phone calls, but now via the MyLink infotainment system, you’ll be able to use Siri as you drive.
It’s similar to the voice command systems in other cars like Ford’s new Ranger, Fiesta and Focus models, but because it’s Siri, it’ll let you talk directly to the Siri application on the iPhone, meaning you’ll be able to get things done on your phone without having to touch the device. Compose text messages, use Maps, get notifications, find your appointments, all that good stuff.
Holden added that, alongside the Barina CDX, more cars would have Eyes-Free Siri in future.
Apple announced Eyes-Free Siri at its most recent Worldwide Developers Conference, and said that it was working with manufacturers like BMW, GM, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota and Honda to integrate Siri into cars.
The Barina CDX is the hatchback Holden builds to attract younger drivers while competing with cars like the gadget-charged Ford Fiesta.
This is a second technology-first for the CDX: when it was announced at the 2013 Sydney Motor Show as the first car in Australia to have Pandora Radio and Stitcher Radio compatibility.