Siri Eyes Free is coming to all 2014 BMW models. BMW announced this recently, but the noise from WWDC and the Electronic Entertainment Expo kind of drowned it out.
Many debate how safe hands-free actually is while driving, and we’ve heard some say that it’s no safer than trying to use the phone. Still, it’s nice not to have to hold the phone.
Here’s part of the announcement:
Voice Access – Apple Siri, Samsung SVoice now accessible. New visual voice command suggestions.
With the latest update to BMW iDrive, both Apple Siri and Samsung SVoice can be accessed through the vehicle’s voice command controls. With a paired device, pressing and holding the steering wheel voice command button will engage the device’s voice access. Pressing the steering wheel voice button without holding it will continue to access the vehicle’s voice command functions.
The BMW voice command system itself has been enhanced to now include visual voice command suggestions. Once activated a banner across the top of the display offers prompts for when to speak and provides suggestions for what to say. The suggestions are tailored to the individual menu or function that the driver wishes to access.
You can read the full announcement here.