Siri, the digital personal assistant has worked out pretty well in the iPhone 4S and now Daimler has announced that Siri will also be fully integrated into the new Mercedes A-Class cars, letting drivers send text messages, talk to the GPS and ask where one can hide the body of a dead hooker.
Mercedes announced the plans today. A-Class owners will first load the Drive Kit Plus app onto their phones. They’ll be able to access content—including Facebook and Twitter (both of which you totally need while driving)—through the in-vehicle display and navigate using a controller situated in the center armrest. Drivers will also be able to command the car’s built-in Garmin GPS—which should come in handy when entering destination addresses. The DKP app also includes a “Car Finder” feature for locating a misplaced vehicle.
This marks the first time Apple’s allowed Siri “off the leash,” so to speak, and appear on a device that doesn’t end in 4S. The voice-activated assistant will feature the same level of functionality as on the iPhone. Drivers will be able to access the calendar, change appointments, dictate texts and emails or have them read back, change radio channels, access music stored on the phone, or place calls—all verbally.
A-Classes with these new features are expected to debut March 8th at the 82nd International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland.