BMW recently reported that it will be producing cars in 2014 that are Siri Eyes Free. This mode allows drivers to make and receive phone calls, listen and compose text messages and complete other voice-activated commands. BMW’s upgraded iDrive system will now also be compatible with TuneIn Radio, Rhapsody, Audible, and Glympse applications. The iDrive 4.2 will also bring improved navigation, advanced real time traffic information, and other features. Drivers can now make internet searches and obtain turn-by-turn navigation by accessing a dedicated button on the car’s steering wheel.
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In an official press release BMW stated, “From the outset, BMW ConnectedDrive has been geared towards the mobility requirements of its users both today and into the future. The carmaker’s pioneering role is exemplified by the very first in-car integration of an Apple iPod in BMW cars back in 2004, as well as the multitude of apps for in-car use introduced since 2011.”
Siri Eyes-Free was first revealed at the 2012 Apple World Wide Developers Conference as a way of keeping drivers safe while they access smartphone apps, and eight car makers — BMW, GM, Jaguar and Land Rover, Toyota, Audi, Chrysler, Honda and Mercedes-Benz — were announced as initial supporters of the feature. Earlier this year, Hyundai also pledged support for its integration.