Hyundai Vehicles Driving Innovation Through iOS

With the Consumer Electronics Show now in full swing, the headlines can hardly keep up with the freshly touted technologies and advancements on display in Las Vegas this …

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With the Consumer Electronics Show now in full swing, the headlines can hardly keep up with the freshly touted technologies and advancements on display in Las Vegas this week. As expected, though, the emphasis on automobile-related news at CES 2013 has been significant so far.

One of the early standouts is car maker Hyundai, which recently confirmed integration with Apple’s Siri “Eyes Free” mode. Based on details teased by the company, new Hyundai vehicles will integrate their infotainment systems with Apple’s voice-driven personal assistant software.

All the driver needs is a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or later.

Hyundai is now the tenth major auto maker to embrace Siri Eyes Free control. Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and GM are already on board. But other elaborate bells and whistles associated with Hyundai’s efforts in this department are helping the car maker to stand out against a competitive landscape this week.

Those in the market for a Hyundai are likely aware that support for Apple’s Siri Eyes Free is just one of a number of technology driven announcements the manufacturer is unveiling. Others include:

  • Dragon Drive: Developed by Nuance, this automotive-grade voice services platform enables drivers to speak naturally and conversationally with in-car systems for tasks such as dictating messages, searching for music, finding real-time weather and asking for directions.
  • Mobile High-Definition Link: Delivers 1080p60 uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio from a mobile device to a dashboard display, all while charging the device.
  • Next-Generation Hardware: Hyundai’s new vehicles will feature the latest hardware with high-resolution multi-touch displays, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi/3G connectivity options.

Stay with MMW this week as we cover all the news and rumors out of CES 2013 straight from the convention floor in Las Vegas.

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    Any particular reason only the high-end auto manufacturers are integrating Siri? I see that Toyota is, which is huge, but none of the economy-level makers seem to, Hyundai aside. I'll be interested to see how they continue to expand and further integrate into all makers. Where are the other players in the space?