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Siri 'Eyes Free' Coming to 2014 BMW Models

BMW has announced that Siri "Eyes Free" mode will be coming to all of its 2014 models in a new update to its ConnectedDrive Internet service, allowing iPhone users to interact with Siri in their BMWs without looking at their devices.
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.
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Previously, BMW had announced iOS app partnerships with Audible, TuneIn, Rhapsody and more. Last June, Apple announced that it was working on a new "Eyes Free" mode for Siri with car manufacturers. When it was announced at WWDC last year, Scott Forstall displayed a slide showing that Apple was working with BMW, Mercedes, GM, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda on the initiative.

Last November, Chevy announced that it was bringing "Eyes Free" mode to some of its car models while earlier this year Honda and Acura announced that it was coming to some of their models as well. Unlike those manufacturers, BMW is bringing "Eyes Free" mode to all of its 2014 car models and beyond.

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Posted: 15 months ago

Please people do not use this while driving!!! It seems safer but it is not!! I have done studies at the university of Massachusetts that proves that hands free interaction with a cell phone is no safer than hands on interaction. You are still 5x more likely to crash using a phone hands free than no phone at all. Siri is a cool idea but it should not be used In a car.


In that case all passengers, especially pets and children should be disallowed in cars. You should do a study on crash rates with rambunctious kids in the back seat or an overly playful dog. Or maybe a chatty SO.

Bottomline: life is dangerous. The nannystate can't prevent it.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
I can't wait until I can afford to buy a used 2014 model in 15 years. Stoked
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

I can't wait until I can afford to buy a used 2014 model in 15 years. Stoked


Look at the brightside, Thunderbolt peripherals will also be affordable by then too.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Please people do not use this while driving!!! It seems safer but it is not!! I have done studies at the university of Massachusetts that proves that hands free interaction with a cell phone is no safer than hands on interaction. You are still 5x more likely to crash using a phone hands free than no phone at all. Siri is a cool idea but it should not be used In a car.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Awesome, even more drivers not paying attention to the road.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

In that case all passengers, especially pets and children should be disallowed in cars. You should do a study on crash rates with rambunctious kids in the back seat or an overly playful dog. Or maybe a chatty SO.

Bottomline: life is dangerous. The nannystate can't prevent it.


The difference is doing what you suggest would be unrealistic, whereas what the OP proposes isn't, considering we've managed for over 100 years not to need to use phones whilst driving.

I don't deny that any distraction is dangerous, but there's obviously a pragmatic balance to be struck otherwise we wouldn't even have cars.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

In that case all passengers, especially pets and children should be disallowed in cars. You should do a study on crash rates with rambunctious kids in the back seat or an overly playful dog. Or maybe a chatty SO.

Bottomline: life is dangerous. The nannystate
can't prevent it.


We have done studies with kids and that is dangerous but that can not be prevented. As for other passengers; if you have up to 2 passengers in the car it is safer than driving alone but more than that the rate of crashes increases (all of our experiments are done on a simulator). Obviously some things have to be done and we must learn to live with the danger. But is it essential to have Siri write down something on your Calder while you drive? You can wait the 20 min to write that down when you're done driving. This seems pretty careless to me.

I understand some dangerous driving behavior can't be stopped but that doesn't mean we should use this since it is so easily avoidable.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Excellent, Siri can now completely misunderstand everything I say to it, without me needing to look at it.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Anyone know which iPhone car holder they are using in the picture?
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

In that case all passengers, especially pets and children should be disallowed in cars. You should do a study on crash rates with rambunctious kids in the back seat or an overly playful dog. Or maybe a chatty SO.

Bottomline: life is dangerous. The nannystate can't prevent it.


Well, it is the case.

When you speak to people you visualize the things you are talking about, like the person's face. This uses the visual cortex and takes away from your ability to process what you're seeing in the real world.

When you are driving you have one thing to do: drive. Anything else is a distraction.

So yes, distractions in the car are equally dangerous. Instead of being a horrible parent with children everyone hates you should teach your children how to behave. Instead of letting your dog sit on your lap and stick its head out the window you should buy a cage for the back or put them in a carrier.

If you can't do those things get off the road until you can: driving is a privilege, not a right.

Regarding our Nanny State mentality: when you act like a child don't be surprise when people treat you like one.

If we don't join the din of silly voices that say, "They ought to make a law!" every time someone does something we don't like we might make a dent in getting rid of the Nanny State. But as long as we have people acting like children then screaming at anyone that tells them to cut it out we'll always have one.
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