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2013-10-15 11:36

HELLO, HELLO: Chevrolet SA said the Trailblazer and Sonic cars will be the first to feature its MyLink with Siri eyes-free technology early in 2014. Image: Quickpic

iPhone and Android device users will be able to connect to Chevrolet's MyLink with Siri eyes-free integration in South Africa in early 2014 - six months later than expected.

DETROIT, Michigan - More Chevrolet vehicles are to feature MyLink with Siri eyes-free integration – a system which allows drivers to get things done by voice command - as well as access for iPhone and Android users.

Wheels24 reported back in November 2012 that Chevrolet South Africa would add the MyLink systems to local models during the second half of 2013. Now it's the first quarter of 2014 in Chevrolet Trailblazer and Sonic products. The automaker also said Siri was not only 100% compatible with Apple iPhones but also any Android device.

General Motors US said Siri eyes-free would be available on the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt models.

EYES-FREE MODE

Chevrolet US marketing VP Chris Perry said: "The response to Siri in Chevy Sonic and Spark has been remarkable. Easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers and Siri complements MyLink's previous capabilities."

GM said customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 or iOS 7 could verbally direct Siri to perform a number of tasks. The automaker also said owners just needed to connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system, and use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions with Siri in eyes-free mode.

Owners can use Siri in Eyes-Free mode to:

Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone.
Play songs in the iTunes library and even switch music sources from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode.
Compose, listen to and send messages.
Access calendar and add appointments.
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