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It might be a while before it reaches Holden, but General Motors' US Chevrolet operation is adding Siri support to some of its small cars.

From early next year, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system in the Spark and Sonic LZT and RS will feature Siri integration.

Once an iPhone has been paired with the MyLink radio, a steering wheel button provides access to Siri.

The system uses 'eyes free' mode so that the iPhone screen remains dark, reducing driver distraction.

In this mode Siri will provide simple answers that can be spoken (eg, sports scores) but not those that require the display of a web page.

Available functions include voice activated hands-free calling, playing songs from the iPhone's library (including source switching between radio and iPhone), listening to and sending iMessage or SMS messages, and calendar access.

"It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands," said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars.

"Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink's existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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