2013 Honda Accord V-6 coupe

Honda has announced that later this year, any customer with a 2013 Accord or 2013 Acura ILX or RDX can have Apple’s Eyes Free Siri integration fitted to their cars. To recap, Eyes Free tech enables Siri use through a car’s Bluetooth connection, utilizing a car-mounted button to activate the iPhone’s digital personal assistant instead of the phone’s home button. In the case of the Accord and pair of Acuras, Eyes Free will be a dealer-installed option. 

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According to Honda, the “installation” is in fact a mere software update. To activate Siri, drivers simply push the Bluetooth button that comes on the car’s steering wheel and hold it for a moment. A Honda representative wouldn’t comment on future factory Eyes Free integration for either the Accord, ILX, RDX, or other future Honda/Acura products, but given that the feature is only a software re-flash away, it would be easy for the company to roll it out. We were told the company will closely monitor customer reaction to the Siri upgrade.

By Alexander Stoklosa