Honda to add Siri Eyes Free to Accord, Acura RDX and ILX
If you're in the market for a new car, your options for Siri integration in vehicles are about to dramatically increase. And by dramatically, we mean you'll be going from two potential cars with Siri Eyes Free to five. At CES 2013, Chevy showed off Siri Eyes Free integration in the compact Sonic and subcompact Spark, and today Honda has announced that they're bringing the same to three substantially larger vehicles in the corporate stable.
Coming later this year, customers will have the option when purchasing a 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX, or Acura ILX to add Siri Eyes Free integration. Supposedly the connection is accomplished over Bluetooth, which is nice since all three vehicles come with Bluetooth and USB standard. Except that Honda is making Siri integration will be a "dealer-installed option", which means there's likely a hardware button swap/rewiring and/or software upgrade that needs to be performed at the dealership before you can take home your new car.
Honda's not saying where the control for triggering Siri will be in these vehicles, but out money's on steering wheel controls. Also, we wouldn't expect Siri integration to be limited to the Accord, RDX, and ILX for long when it comes to the Honda combined line-up, nor would we expect it to be a dealer add-on when it comes time to perform mid-cycle refreshes and periodic redesigns. Things move slowly in the automotive world, which is a good given the cost of these things (that base Accord will run you a minimum of $21,680.00, plus taxes, license, registration, and destination charges). But your lowly blogger's 2007 Honda Civic? That's not likely to get Siri integration any time soon.