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Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:55

Holden's Barina buckles up with Apple's Siri


Australia’s own Holden Barina has won the chequered flag to integrate Apple’s Siri voice control system in a car down under.

Although rival carmakers Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota are all working to integrate Siri into their respective cars, Holden's Barina CDX won pole position in being Australia's first car to offer it.

Holden’s MyLink infotainment system, now compatible with Apple's iOS6, will let drivers pair a smartphone to the car and run a number of apps directly off the car’s touchscreen, although possibly not games like Real Racing. Driving while you drive might be a bit much.

Siri Eyes Free Integration, the Apple/Holden collaboration, allows drivers to make voice-activated calls, compose text messages and add events to their phone’s calendar without taking their hands off the wheel.

MyLink also comes equipped with apps Pandora, Stitcher and Tunein internet radio and BringGo navigation, allowing music and talkback radio to be streamed via a smartphone.

Holden also announced it will add the Siri integration and other apps into the 2014-model Cruze is also expected to offer it as standard on the new VF Commodore.

No word if any Chinese cars will feature similar integration, as Apple's currently embroiled in a legal battle there over Siri.

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