Siri is My Co-Pilot: Voice Assistant Comes to Chevy MyLink

Everyone’s favorite voice-activated digital assistant is taking its act on the road. Chevy is here at CES showing off its new Siri-enabled MyLink infotainment system, so we jumped into the automaker’s Spark to see how well Apple’s assistant does behind the wheel.

Chevy worked closely with Apple to get Siri running in the Spark without simply passing the audio through the vehicle’s speakers. Users pair their iPhones running iOS 6 to the MyLink system via the device’s Bluetooth connection, then use the steering wheel-mounted voice activation button to begin issuing commands to Siri. 

We tested the feature to ask Siri to find out GM’s stock price and the current weather conditions, and were impressed with how quickly we received answers. To help prevent driver distraction, GM uses what’s called Siri’s Eyes Free mode, which keeps the voice assistant from allowing you to look up information that would require Siri to access a separate Web page.

For example, when we asked Siri what a waterfall was, a question that would usually bring up a website, Siri told us that it was unable to provide us with the info, because it would be a distraction.

Beyond Siri integration, we also got hands-on time with MyLink’s new InTune app. Like the BringGo navigation app and Pandora, InTune is accessible via MyLink’s touch screen, allowing you to access your favorite stations using your smartphone’s Web connection. 

We’re going to be checking out more of Chevy’s MyLink system in the automaker’s other vehicles, so check back with us for more updates.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Daniel P. Howley on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options