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Mercedes-Benz offers Siri Eyes Free in latest E-Class

Introduced in the forbidden for North America A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is debuting the Siri Eyes Free button in the upcoming facelifted 2014 E-Class for the North American market. Chevrolet was first to announce that Siri Eyes Free would be introduced in their line-up starting with the Chevy Spark and Sonic. Coupled with the Digital Drive Style App, the Siri Eyes Free button allows drivers to interact with many interactive features all without having to take eyes off the road.

Some of the key features include full navigation support, iPod search and browse, web radio, and car finder to help you remember where you parked. Some of the more interesting social media functionality includes reading of your Facebook news feed, twitter timelines, retweets, and Glympse functionality to let your friends know where you are. There is some posting functionality, such as posting your current location and speed on your Facebook wall, but I’m not sure if that’s a great idea, especially if you’re speeding.

The redesigned 2014 E-Class will hit showroom floors in late summer 2013 but we’ll be able to get a preview of it next week in Detroit at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

Siri Eyes-Free Coming to Chevrolet Spark and Sonic

This past summer Apple’s then VP of iOS Software Scott Forstall introduced to the world, Eyes Free, the Siri car integration. A dozen automakers were already lined up to offer Eyes Free in their latest vehicles and today Chevrolet announced from the Los Angeles Auto Show that early next year Siri will be integrated into the Chevrolet Spark (1LT, 2LT) and Sonic (LTZ and RS). Driver’s will be able to safely activate Siri by pressing a button mounted on the steering wheel.

Siri will be integrated through the vehicles’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. With the feature named Eyes Free it comes as no surprise that as a way to minimize the risk of distracted drivers the iPhone screen will be prevented from turning on reducing the tendency for drivers to take their eyes off the road to look at the latest notification on the screen. Of course that also means Siri will be dumbed down slightly when in Eyes Free mode as she will not be able to provide any results that requires displaying something on the screen. The Eyes Free feature will require customers to have a compatible iPhone running iOS6.

Learn what Spark and Sonic owners can do with Siri in Eyes Free Mode