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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.

Aussie Police: Apple Maps Flaw a Life Threatening Issue

While inaccurate directions provided by Apple Maps has been a mere inconvenience for some people, police from the Australian town of Mildura are warning the public to not rely on directions from Apple Maps as it may lead them dangerously astray. Instead of pointing users to the town of Mildura, Apple Maps incorrectly shows the town in the middle of the outback and combined with scorching summer heat of up to 46C several rescues have already been carried out from wayward travellers.

The area of the National Park that users of Apple Maps are directed to is in a weak cell phone reception area escalating the danger. With no shelter from the sun or water, travellers would have to hike in the heat in rugged terrain to call for help.

According to Mildura police, some of those rescued were stranded for more than 24 hours without any water. They have also contacted Apple in regards to this serious matter but as of right now it still has not been corrected. Mildura is still being shown as being in the middle of the National Park more than 70km from where it actually is up just off A20 as marked by the red X in the image above. Poor Apple, with Siri Eyes Free helping to make driving safer they suffer this setback putting iPhone users in danger. They’ve always strived for it, but this isn’t exactly the killer app they had wished for.

Perhaps Google Maps will be available soon ;)

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