LOS ANGELES -- American Honda says it will install Apple's Siri voice-activated telematics assistant into several of its 2013 models.
The 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX will offer Siri as a dealer-installed option, the company said in a statement today.
"Owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel," Honda said in the release.
Siri's "Eyes Free" mode minimizes driver distraction by keeping the iPhone's screen from illuminating.
Vehicles compatible with the Siri service will allow drivers to make calls, dictate text messages, look up directions and use other Siri functions, either via Bluetooth or by plugging their iPhone into a USB cable in the car. Honda's version will connect via Bluetooth and use the onboard microphone and speakers to communicate.
Pressing a button on the steering wheel will activate Siri, and drivers can speak commands to their phone hands-free.
Last year at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Honda, Toyota, GM and Audi said they would be using Siri in future automotive applications. Apple said that Chrysler, Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar/Land Rover announced similar intentions shortly thereafter.
Siri is available in Beta only for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, 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.
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