Opel Adam first with Siri
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Opel has teamed up with Apple to take hands-free communication to the next level via fully integrated Siri technology that enables the driver to do far more than simply make a call to one of their contacts. It is hoped that the system, which is available in the new Opel Adam, will not only increase safety but offer users a far greater experience.
Using the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Opel Adam, drivers will now be able to connect their Apple iOS device to the car via Bluetooth and lose none of the functionality that Siri - Apple's built in voice-activated 'assistant' - has to offer. The system allows users to call up Siri via a steering wheel mounted button, but unlike on an iPhone for example, the screen on the centre console does not display the conversation. The reasoning behind this is to minimise any potential distraction to the driver whilst on the move.
Just like on the Apple device, Siri can call contacts for you directly from the phonebook just by asking it to, while the Siri Eyes Free (Opel's specific name for the system) can also read aloud or compose an iMessage, text message or email and send it to a contact all by speech alone. There is also the function to play a specific music album or song just by telling the system which one to play, negating the need to scroll through your iPod to find it.
The IntelliLink system costs €350 as a factory fitted option and also features a seven-inch, high resolution, full colour touch-screen display. When connected to a smartphone it can also run navigation apps as well as internet radio stations via the user's mobile data connection. It is available to order now and can be specified on any of the Adam's three trim lines.
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