Six months after the first buzz around the US-spec Chevrolet Spark hatchback getting a radical new car infotainment control package first surfaced, the Spark has now been endowed with the MyLink package with the Apple Siri iPhone EyesFree module. Essentially a voice control system, drivers of the Chevrolet Spark can use voice commands through the Siri EyesFree function to perform a wide range of functions like calling, texting, getting navigation directions and playing music while keeping their eyes on the road. Of course, an iPhone needs to be connected to the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system for the Siri EyesFree to work as intended.
The whole idea of the Siri EyesFree voice assist system is to make using the phone inside the car more safer than before as this system will ensure that the driver does not need to take his/her eye off the road or for that matter even take hands off the steering wheel. Apple has tied up with a wide range of car makers, from Toyota to BMW, for integrating the Eyes Free Siri module to the infotainment system of cars. In the coming months, expect more cars from various brands across the world supporting the Siri Eyes Free function.
In other news, the Chevrolet Spark EV is all set to make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The all electric hatchback is powered by lithium ion batteries and has impressive performance figures. The Spark EV’s electric motor produces 128 Bhp and a very chunky 542 Nm of peak torque, to allow the hatchback hit 100 Kph from standstill in just 8.5 seconds. While the Spark EV will be on sale over the next few months in its home market, the United States, the car is expected to begin selling in European cities sometime in the second half of 2013.
The car is priced at $25,000 in the USA due to incentives doled out by the US government. European pricing of the Spark EV remains unknown at this point in time but this electric hatchback’s Geneva should throw up more details.