Holden has announced the introduction of Apple's Siri Eyes Free system into the top-shelf Barina CDX, making it the first car in Australia to offer the new technology.
The news follows the addition last year of GM's MyLink infotainment system and seven-inch display to the Barina, available specifically in the CDX.
Integrated into MyLink, Siri Eyes Free allows drivers with a compatible iPhone to push a button on the steering wheel to activate the Siri assistant.
Using voice commands, the driver can then dial numbers, arrange appointments, play songs in their iTunes libraries, or even ask Siri about the weather.
Current owners won't go without; Siri Eyes Free can be added to their MyLink hardware through a simple upgrade process - similar in concept to updating the operating system software on your iPhone.
Initially launched with the Stitcher embedded music app, additional functionality is now available on the Barina CDX MyLink system, including embedded apps for full compatibility for Pandora internet radio and TuneIn radio.
A navigation system called BringGo is also available - the app is available for iPhone and Android phones, with the in-dash MyLink display showing the maps and relaying instructions.
BringGo is available for a 30 day trial at 99 cents, while the full version with map updates costs $59.99.
The Siri Eyes Free system is also expected to feature in the upcoming VF Commodore range, due to hit showrooms in June.
Note: Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Data costs will be incurred for streaming via mobile device. Drivers should ensure they have an appropriate data plan with their mobile provider.
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