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2012-11-29 13:32

WHERE TO NEXT SIRI?: Chevrolet will provide drivers with an assistant in the form of Apple's Siri. SA Chev fans will have to wait until 2013 as the tech makes its way into the local model line-up.

LOS ANGELES, California - In 2013 Chevrolet will integrate Apple's Siri, the intelligent assistant which aid users through voice commands, into its Sonic and Spark models.

Using the automaker's MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone (4S or newer models running iOS 6) can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while driving.

To further minimise distraction, Siri uses an Eyes Free mode that enables users to interact with their iPhone without the device’s screen lighting up.

BOUND FOR SA?

Owners connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth and use the steering-wheel controls to activate the system

Will the new system arrive is South Africa? Caroline Thomas of General Motors SA explained: "The Chevrolet MyLink technology will be progressively rolled out into the Chevrolet portfolio over time in South Africa.

"MyLink infotainment will be launched during the second half of 2013 on selected models - not necessarily the Spark or Sonic. I cannot confirm which models at this point as work is still be done on this for the South African market."

Owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to perform the following functions:
1 Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone.
2 Play songs in the iTunes library and even switch music sources from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode.
3 Compose, listen to and send messages.
4 Access calendar and add appointments.
       
While in Eyes Free mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.

Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars, said: “It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands.

“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."

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