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Cars controlled by Apple's voice assistant Siri will be on the road from early 2013, a General Motors exec announced today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. New models of Chevrolet's smaller models - Spark and the Sonic LTZ and RS - will pack an interface that's compatible with whimsical iPhone voice assistant Siri. …

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As soon as you tie the iPhone into your car, you can only buy from ESSO petrol stations, your Wifi will not longer work and your windscreen will have a purple haze.

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Hands free... eyes free... what's next, brain free?

Oh wait, most people already operate their phones that way...

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Re: Hands free... eyes free... what's next, brain free?

That's the way Apple likes it. Brain free describes most of Apples consumers.

News Flash: IPhone5S coming out the first quarter of 2013.

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Re: Hands free... eyes free... what's next, brain free?

Phones - who cares. Now cars...

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Oh dear..

.. that's going to be fun for all those foreign people.

I know some guys from Glasgow whose Siri experience was, umm, "of limited utility" :)

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Re: Oh dear..

They just won't turn it on?

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"It will of course be only available to those with Siri-enabled phones - iPhone 4S and 5."

And of course it will never get any updates, meaning that only two of the features will ever work properly, you'll be forced to choose whether to upgrade your iOS or keep it compatible with your car, and it will never work at all with iPhone 6+.

Embedding tech in cars is incredibly short-sighted. Surely the industry would make more money (by selling far more of the option kits) by standardising on a set of steering-wheel multifunction buttons and a little 2-line display, offloading the actual functionality to any handset? Where's the Bluetooth profile for that?

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Re: "It will of course be only available to those with Siri-enabled phones - iPhone 4S and 5."

Indeed. That car will still be on the road in 10 years time, and quite possibly in 15 years time. How many iphone 4s will be around then?

It always amazes me how it takes 10 years or so for a car manufacturer to actually spot technology that consumers would find useful, then fall over themsleves in a desparate rush to implement it in the most locked-down user unfriendly way possible.

In car CD players were a good example - it took most manufacturers from 1982 to around 2000 to fit them. And by the time they were standard, CD's were obsoleted by MP3 Cd's which again took ages for manufacturers to cotton on to. And I have never found a (prefitted) car CD player that recognises CD text for track names, despite it being around since the mid 90's or earlier. It took another lifetime for manufacturers to figure out that fitting an aux audio jack was a good idea (I used to modify car stereos back around 1988 to take external "discman" CD players). And why is it now, ten years or more after Bluetooth evolved,that all cars do not have Bluetooth handsfree as standard? It would cost mere pennies to integrate with the radio/audio system on all factory models and make a hiue difference in the number of idiots fumbling with phones whilst _trying_ to drive.

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Re: "It will of course be only available to those with Siri-enabled phones - iPhone 4S and 5."

I agree with standards, and my car must follow them as I just brought a new car, it integrates nicely with my Android phone over bluetooth, Bluetooth for making calls & listening to music, displays my address book & track information etc.. Works great...

One thing is for certain, its a hell of alot easier to use on steering wheel controls to choose a contact to call from my phones address book with a display between the Rev counter and Speedo, than fiddling with a phone when doing near 80Mph... (not that I would ever do that of course)

So yes the bluetooth profile for what your saying does pretty much exist it seems... since I use it on every trip...

Although I am yet to play around with playing music using it, it does do that it seems

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Re: "It will of course be only available to those with Siri-enabled phones - iPhone 4S and 5."

And why is it now, ten years or more after Bluetooth evolved,that all cars do not have Bluetooth handsfree as standard?

Well the easy way around that is to fit one of the Parrot systems that plumbs into the cars existing system. It'll almost certainly be a damned sight better than any functional abortion (Toyota? I'm looking at you..) that the manufacturer might fit as standard. Hint: If the manual mentions BlueTooth PBAP, run away, as it's been designed by CV-enhancing tossers rather than people who give a monkey's about usability.

Piggybacks straight on to the standard ISO plugs behind the existing unit, which is where another standards problem has a nasty habit of creeping in. Many manufacturers (GM are particularly famous for this[1]) eschew fitting standard ISOs and an auxiliary plug to handle their proprietary connections for steering wheel controls et. al. in favour of some home-brewed integrated plug. Fortunately adaptor harnesses for most of the weird and wonderful systems out there are available.

[1] So the fact that it's them tying themselves to Apple's proprietary and patented-so-nobody-else-can-use-them interfaces is not a surprise.

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"Siri open the pod bay^H^H^H^H^H^H^H garage doors."

"I'm sorry Dave I'm afraid I can't do that"

*Crunch*

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"Siri, call my insurance company"

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Like I would even consider owning one or both?

Fail.

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Re: Like I would even consider owning one or both?

Damn, they were waiting on your approval for the final go-ahead too.

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Re: Like I would even consider owning one or both?

Oh noes! A Linux geek on a tech site claims he'd never buy one! We're doomed! DOOMED I say!

American cars have gotten better over the last decade, just as Japanese trucks have. Seriously, when GM and Toyota were running the NUMMI plant in California, they made cars that got to the end of the assembly line and either got a Toyota badge or a Chevy badge at the end. It was the same damn car. A former coworker who had the Toyota version claimed you had to be an idiot to buy an American car ... thus somehow inadvertently proving his own point.

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Good timing

...what with Apple's market share in steady decline.

Wouldn't it make more sense to install a programmable button that could interface with more than one phone?

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Re: Good timing

A question: if you support Android, which version? Which app? Which hardware?

Apple may have a falling market share, but the market they have is generally more willing to spend money and has a more consistent/easier-to-discover/smaller-range-of-uncertainties set of hardware and software.

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Re: Good timing

As long as the car supports Bluetooth A2DP and preferably AVRCP, it should work on most, if not all Android phones, regardless of version.

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great

Apple can decide what your car can now do too. "I'm sorry Dave I cannot let you do that"

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Ahhh...

...can these cars all be painted in fluorescent colors, so we can avoid them like the Plague?

And isn't SIRI still in Beta? This should be fun. Get the popcorn ready folks.

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news???

I just bought a 3 year old mondeo that does most of that (alright cant send texts)

with the 3 distinct advantages that;

a) I dont need to sully my life with the foxcon marketing divisions output

b) chevy.... err i think not

c) fords idea of voice recognition 'just works'

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Siri will also blank out any requests that it regards as too complicated

Puts paid to any valid uses, I guess, given it's record of "Sorry, I am unable to connect right now".

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looks like a good reason to weld another RSJ to the front of the ol' Jeep. yes officer, its to mount a winch pull the boat out of the water. honest gov'nor.

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Siri, how do i get to (insert destination here)?

How the f**k do I know, I'm using iOS Maps?

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What a great business model

People buy your car and mobile phone, and will happily send you every word they say inside of it to a server you own and they even expect you to do voice recognition on it...

That is kinda the next step up from planting a bug somewhere.

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