Chevrolet brings Apple's Siri to drivers

The idea of a car you can talk to while driving would have seemed like a science fiction scenario a decade ago.However, American car giant General Motors has unveiled plans to make Apple's Siri voice recognition technology useable in-car on two Chevrolet models from early 2013.

Drivers of US-specification Sparks and Aveos - know Stateside as Sonics - will be able to hook their iPhone up to the car's MyLink software using a Bluetooth connection.

The software will allow iPhone users to make calls, select music tracks, listen to and compose written messages, check their diary and even add new appointments, all without taking their hands off the wheel.

Drivers will activate the system, which was announced at Chevrolet's stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show, by pressing a voice command button on the steering wheel.

As well as being hands-free, the new technology aims to be 'eyes free' by allowing motorists to use Siri without the visual distraction of the iPhone screen turning on.

Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars, said: "It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands.

"Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink's existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience."

Elsewhere in the world of motoring, Korean car manufacture Kia has released a concept drawing to give fans a taster of its pro_cee'd GT ahead of its launch in the second half of 2013.

Reliable details about the firm's first hot hatch are thin on the ground, but Kia have confirmed that the pro_cee'd GT will possess a turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine and an output of approximately 180bhp.

Hyundai, Kia's parent company, already utilises the same engine at that power output in its range-topping Veloster Turbo, and the Kia is unlikely to be allowed to outshine it.

The concept drawing for the pro_cee'd GT reflects the traditional Kia styling, and while the overlarge wheels and squashed roof line are unlikely to feature in the finished product, motoring fans are bracing themselves for a beautiful looking car.

Initial test drives are likely to be available in the UK from August, with an official launch pencilled in for the September new registration period.

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