The astonishingly successful 2013 Honda Accord could be one of several cars about to be graced with the full eyes-free treatment – Apple’s Siri voice assistance has been earmarked for integration.
Alongside the 2013 Accord, the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX are also destined for a Siri makeover.
Siri’s impressive eyes-free mode represents a revolutionary step forward in driver aids and conveniences, offering a fully interactive service that does not reply on visuals or involved the use of any screen menus. First unveiled to the world last year at Apple’s WWDC the feature uses a standard Bluetooth connection and connects to the HandsFreeLink system already present as standard in many new-generation Hondas.
“With the Eyes Free feature, ask Siri to call people, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and get directions, read your notifications, find calendar information, add reminders, and more,” according to Apple’s official statement on the eyes-free feature.
Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark last November, Honda has confirmed that the 2013 Accord and Acura models will in future be fitted with the eyes-free feature as standard. Siri has become one of the trademark features of all current-generation Apple products and is apparently earmarked for a massive overhaul in the near future.
Meanwhile, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is setting new standards of its own for the market, having broken Ford’s existing hybrid record sales and even given the might Toyota Camry Hybrid a run for its money at the top of the table.
The stunning 2013 Fusion, which looks in many respects more like an Aston Martin than a Ford, is proving to be a huge hit with hybrid buyers – particularly those in the younger age brackets. In general, buyers of the 2013 Fusion Hybrid are on average five years younger than those showing interest in the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
New research indicates that while 13% of Camry Hybrid buyers are under 35, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid’s market it comprised of at least 22% under-35s.