We learned today at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s conference that the company is working with BMW and a handful of other manufacturers to integrate Siri into select voice control systems. The idea simply integrates the technology into a vehicle’s voice command button on your steering wheel. Not just passing Siri through Bluetooth but actually defining a button that directly connects to the App via an API. After pressing the button you’ll be able to ask Siri questions without taking your eyes off the road. What about MINI? Typically BMW and MINI work from the same technology resources and platforms so it wouldn’t be surprising to see this technology come to the MINI as well.
The idea behind Eyes Free is to minimize distractions. Once in Eyes Free mode, your iOS device’s screen won’t light up. 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. Obviously we can look for BMW and MINI to integrate it into future vehicles. However the big question of course is, will it be available for those of us with BMWs and MINIs that have bluetooth and voice command already?