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Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems 193

redletterdave writes "Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans on Monday to use Siri, Apple's AI personal assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S, to power its electronics system called 'Drive Kit Plus,' which will essentially let drivers access their iPhone apps while driving using voice commands. With Siri, Mercedes drivers will have a hands-free solution to listen to music, change channels on the radio, send texts, or make calls. 'Drive Kit Plus' will also come pre-installed with a number of social networks, so drivers will even be able to update their Twitter accounts and post messages to Facebook. Siri will also be integrated with Garmin's GPS system, so drivers can navigate and get directions with simple voice commands. With this move, Mercedes-Benz earns the distinction of being the first carmaker to integrate Apple technology into its vehicles' in-car systems."
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Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems

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  • Experience (Score:5, Insightful)

    by omganton ( 2554342 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @07:30PM (#39179493)
    As someone who's been in a traumatic car wreck due to another driver being distracted, I have absolutely no desire to talk on the phone, send texts or update my social networking while I'm driving. There is nothing happening on my phone that's more important than my life, and I'd rather ignore a phone call or postpone my next twitter update rather than see my femur sticking through my lower intestine. You can call me whatever you want, but car accidents are caused by distractions, and people die. These are massive, powerful, destructive machines, and I'm sick and tired of seeing self-righteous, inconsiderate pricks with their head in their phone doing 75 down the highway.
  • by markdavis ( 642305 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @07:32PM (#39179525)

    Great- just what I would want in my next car, a non-changeable link to a totally proprietary technology that also will not work unless in a cell/data carrier area.

    I was already pissed that my existing car had an ipod-only connection, and like most vehicles, the software is never updated. And of course, it only works with CERTAIN models of the iPod and nothing newer or older.

    I have enough lock-in in my life already!

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @07:32PM (#39179533)

    "Sir, while you were using your 'solution to listen to music, change channels on the radio, send texts, or make calls,' you crashed your car, Sir. You have now transformed a 200,000€ automobile into scrap, Sir."

    "Shall I call an ambulance, Sir?"

  • # I'm driving ... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @07:53PM (#39179807)

    ... so drivers will even be able to update their Twitter accounts and post messages to Facebook.

    No good can come of this.

  • by russ1337 ( 938915 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @07:58PM (#39179879)

    This is why the car should support *integration* with phones and not *duplicate* phones functionality. Connectivity should be in the most future-proof possible way. This could be mic and headphone jack, USB (for charging), & Bluetooth.

    Let the phone do the hard work and provide a means of integrating the phone.

    You might need to modularise the interface so it can be swapped out every few years as the 'standard' phone interfaces change.

  • Bandwidth (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Calydor ( 739835 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @08:02PM (#39179935)

    What I want to know is who foots the bandwidth bill.

    Siri works by sending each and every command to the cloud and getting replies back, right?

    The cell companies keep yapping about how limited the mobile network's bandwidth is, which is why mobile data plans are so costly.

    So who will be paying for this, and what happens when Car-Siri (Carrie? Now THERE is a scary thought!) exceeds its monthly allowance and dips into costly overtime?

  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @08:19PM (#39180119) Homepage Journal

    Apple may be late, but the way some people listen, they'll believe Apple invented it.

  • by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @08:21PM (#39180135)

    The world does not need more self-absorbed iPhone users talking to the wannabe AI in their phone.

    Haterade Addicts think about the iPhone more than Apple fanboys do.

  • by rocket rancher ( 447670 ) <> on Monday February 27, 2012 @08:54PM (#39180485)

    Personally, using voice commands for operating anything inside a car doesn't really interest me. It's probably a generational thing, but using voice commands to control anything makes me feel like a douche. It's nothing but a higher-tech Clapper.

    Hmmm...not everybody drives cars, dude. I think Siri is fan-fucking-tastic because my daily driver is a Ducati 1098. Suddenly, with Siri, I can actually do more than queue up a new playlist or make/take calls with the Sena SMH10 comm system in my helmet. Much beyond that, I would have had to find a spot to pull over so that I could get to the touchscreen interface on my iPhone. With Siri, I can text my pals, pull up (and edit!) my calendar, get turn by turn directions even easier than on my very-motorcycle-friendly Garmin Zumo 660, and even jump in vent and chat with my guildies if I want to, all without having to stop, or even having to take my eyes off the road, which I still sometimes have to do with the Zumo, despite it's well thought-out interface. If Siri is a glimpse of the future of voice interfaces, I'm liking it.

  • by icebike ( 68054 ) * on Monday February 27, 2012 @09:43PM (#39180983)

    But the single dock only applies to Apple. Nobody else uses it.

    With Android now some 47% of the market [] its time to start using a more standardized approach to this than relying on a single proprietary dock.

    It might be HDMI, or Bluetooth, USB, or something else. But it should be an industry standard.
    Ideally, I shouldn't have to take my phone out of my pocket when I get in the car, I should have phone, maps, and music all linked to the car automatically via something like Bluetooth 3.0 or something.

    Cars aren't the only thing that people will want to link to their phones. Houses and offices could use such an interface. Cables and docking are so yesterday.

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