BMW says that Siri “Eyes Free” mode will be coming to all of its 2014 models in a new update to its ConnectedDrive Internet service. “Eyes Free” will allow iPhone users to interact with Siri while driving their cherished sports-luxury vehicles without needing to take their eyes off the road in order to view the device’s screen.
BMW, via MacRumors:
With the latest update to BMW iDrive, both Apple Siri and Samsung SVoice can be accessed through the vehicle’s voice command controls. With a paired device, pressing and holding the steering wheel voice command button will engage the device’s voice access. Pressing the steering wheel voice button without holding it will continue to access the vehicle’s voice command functions.
BMW had recently announced iOS app partnerships with Audible, TuneIn, Rhapsody and more. When Siri “Eyes Free” was first announced at WWDC last June, the company said it was working with BMW, Mercedes, GM, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda to include the feature in their vehicles.
Chevrolet announced last November that it was bringing the feature to some of its automobile models, and Honda and Acura announced earlier this year that Siri “Hands Free” would be making an appearance in some of their vehicles as well.