General Motors adds Apple’s Siri Eyes Free to more vehicles following ‘remarkable’ customer response

Chevrolet today announced additional vehicles with Chevrolet MyLink will be available with Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant that helps get things done just by asking. Siri Eyes Free Integration will be available on the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt.

“The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. Marketing, in a statement. “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, so we’re excited to expand this to even more customers.”

Through the cars’ available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 or iOS 7 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. To help further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode which enables drivers to interact with their iPhones using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.

Owners simply 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.

In the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt vehicles equipped with MyLink, owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:

• Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
• Play songs in their iTunes libraries, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
• Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
• Access Calendar and add appointments

In addition, these vehicles also come with six months of OnStar’s premium Directions and Connections service. OnStar brings added safety, security and
connectivity to these vehicles, including services such as Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics and Roadside Assistance.

Most smartphone owners can also download the RemoteLink Mobile App, which allows current OnStar subscribers to control and manage certain vehicle functions from their phone. RemoteLink Key Fob Services, which include the ability to lock or unlock a vehicle, flash the lights and honk the horn, or start the engine on properly equipped vehicles, are free for five years and do not require an OnStar subscription. For more information on OnStar’s services, visit onstar.com

* Siri is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

Source: General Motors

MacDailyNews Take: Contrast this to Ford (see articles below) which stupidly shackled themselves to Microsoft only to see their consumer satisfaction scores dragged under.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Ford plummets to 27th in J.D. Power vehicle quality rankings on Microsoft-developed ‘MyFord Touch’ woes – June 20, 2012
Nine auto makers partner with Apple for ‘Eyes Free’ Siri integration – June 12, 2012
Stung by plummeting quality ratings, Ford to upgrade glitch-prone Microsoft-designed ‘MyFord Touch’ systems – November 7, 2011
Microsoft’s confusing, buggy Sync sinks Ford’s J.D. Power quality ratings – June 23, 2011
When crap collides: Ford and Microsoft team up for in-vehicle operating system – December 29, 2006

34 Comments

  1. My criteria for a new car has this Apple in-car technology as a mandatory requirement. Don’t want no giant BSOD buggy FAIL Microsoft Suck, I mean Sync. Guess that means I won’t be buying a Ford! Pay attention Ford, these kinds of choices are going to be critical in the future to buyers. Pick from the wrong side of tech and it doesn’t matter how good the actual car is, people won’t buy it. And companies who stupidly make these kinds of wrong-headed decisions I don’t wanna know.

    1. I agree with your analysis of Microsoft STYNC. But love the Ford trucks. I would not base a $35,000 automobile decision on the built-in stereo components but damn I was bummed when I seen the STYNC logo. Hopefully, Apple comes out with a head-unit that I can swap out in the future. But I agree, some people will steer towards another vehicle if both brands were otherwise equal.

      1. Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are! I have never owned anything but Ford pick-ups. A Ford man through and through. However, when my 2000 Ford F-350 is ready to be replaced in 2020 I’ll definitely be going GMC if Ford is still bundling MS Stync.

  2. So MDN is pimping Obamamobiles (Crapolets, Crapillacs and others from Government Motors) because they use Apple’s lame Siri technology.

    I have no use for Micro$oftopoly’s BS Stync , but would never buy a Crapolet.

    1. Your post is probably the stupidest I have read in months, though your problem with General Motors is an odd one. They took a government loan, and used it to get back in the game.

      What I don’t get is what problem you have with success? Could it have anything to do with with the auto bailouts being a job well done?

      1. Because GM was split into 2 companies and the liabilities were dumped on the old GM. We will never recover the money lost. The pension liability of GM and it’s former Delphi subsidiary were also dumped on the taxpayer’s back. Finally GMAC took a truckload of TARP money and renamed itself Ally Bank.

        The claim that GM paid back what it got from the Feds is a political fairy tale. Mitt Romney was right when he said GM and Chrysler should have been liquidated.

        The New GM loves America so much that it turned around and built 6 new car plants in China.

    2. Darwin, you are completely wrong. Must be reading too many partisan blogs.

      Ford received $5.9 billion in federal loans to update its factories in 2009.

      Ford Credit took $15.9 billion in loans to keep itself afloat — about $2 billion more than GMAC.

      http://jalopnik.com/5704575/ford-bmw-toyota-took-secret-government-money

      The BS that self-proclaimed “patriots” spread about Ford versus GM is amongst the most misleading crap spread by internet fanboys. How disappointing to see that you too swallow the partisan rhetoric without verifying it.

      1. First, I said nothing about Ford- I own stock in and drive a VW.

        Second, the GM bailout was spread across the ‘New’ GM, the old GM (the real bankrupt company that all liabilities were credited to) which is in liquidation, GMAC and Delphi. All the liabilities were dumped on the taxpayer as GM had unfunded pension liabilities worth more than the current market cap of the “New” GM.

        Nice try, but I find it hilarious that so many Teabaggers drive Obamamobiles. If you are a Crapolet partisan, keep telling yourself they paid it all back.

        1. So you also drive a “Government Motors” car! As of 2012, the VW Group is 13% owned by the government of Lower Saxony.

          … no, you didn’t mention Ford. You didn’t have to. You chose to make immature swipes at companies that have relied on government assistance over the years. Just like Ford, and just like VW, and just like practically every large corporation on the planet.

          Not only are you a hypocrite, you’re also foul-mouthed and graceless in doing so.

          Cheers to GM and its many hard workers for coming back so strong these last few years. GM is building amongst the best products it’s made, and in most product categories, GM vehicles seem to be very competitive. GM’s alliance with Apple will, we hope, only improve vehicle value even more.

          1. GM makes some of the lamest crap on the road. How long before bailout 3.

            As to Lower Saxony, that stock has been a part of VW’s story since the end of WWII- long before it became a public company. No funds from Lower Saxony have been handed over to VW and VW did not dump it’s retiree pensions on the taxpayer’s back.

            Nice try. No go out and push your Crapolet to the mechanic.

        2. One more thing …

          “we will never recover the money lost” is pure speculation. Moreover, since you’re proudly not a shareholder, why do you care? The vast majority of ALL your precious taxes are not returned to you personally in cash. It is returned to you in services, protection, and opportunities provided by a comprehensive national infrastructure. All things that Germans understand well, but extreme right wingers in the USA ignore.

          … and as for building plants in China — are you faulting GM for skating to where the puck is going to be? How many plants in China has your VW built?

          Hypocrite.

            1. You’re showing your ignorance. Stupidity is more like it.

              Vollswagen secretly lobbied back in 2008 for a government bailout like GM.

              Worse part is your highly regarded VW brand is considered one of the worse brands and often not recommended by C. Reports.

              Stop the petulance, ignorance and foolishness. VW is as much a bailout begged as the rest of them,

              They all needed help. Get over it!

            2. You should have said worst- not worse.
              Were you home schooled?

              CR also has a hate fest on the iPhone, so I would not worry so much about VW. Check resale values- Obama Motors does very poorly as does Chrysler/Fiat.

              VW was not bailed out- GM was. By both Bush and Obama.

  3. Meanwhile, on my brand new Ford F150, I’m stuck with Mirosoft STYNC.

    What a POS this thing is. If it doesn’t understand your initial command, it starts listing dozens of potential commands over-and-over-and-over and the only way to get it to stop is turn off the volume until its done. And it has a lisp lol

  4. I got my wife a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and its Microsoft system was terrible at interfacing with her iPhone’s Bluetooth. A new software update has finally improved that function.

  5. Instead of piling on the internet hate machine and crybabying about Ford, I am going to do something unheard of:

    Give credit and compliments where due. Kudos to Chevy, I’m glad to see anyone in the American auto industry starting to look forward, partnering with a great American tech company.

    Now let’s get that MPG competitive with some of the imports!

    1. Hey, great model names when you think of the recalls. These Fords have been recalled for catching fire hours after the engine was turned off. So, don’t sit in a Ford with the engine off … and don’t sit in your house with the Ford parked in the garage!

  6. I only have 1 gripe, applies equally to Ford and GM.
    These are essentially computer systems and can be upgraded. Why don’t they add these features to existing systems? Sync should be able to do most of what is now available (but MS has no interest in supporting iPhone) Ford needs to force these upgrades. GM should also upgrade MyLink on current models that have it, go back at least a year or 2.

  7. So what is the value of integrating this into a car? Is there some reason that we can’t simply have a nice dashboard dock for Apple devices offered as an OPTION ???

    The integration of electronics into vehicles of any brand has always introduced many problems and unnecessary costs. Allowing the car buyer to bring his own electronics to the table would be a step in the right direction.

    Personally, I see zero value in permanently mounting any crap in a car to duplicate functions that are already in my pocket.

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