Today, at its World-Wide Developers' Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that it was working with Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota (but not our favorite maker) to introduce a steering wheel button that allows the driver to use voice commands to invoke a number of iOS6 features. There's a lot of coverage all over the web, but here's what Apple says:
With the Eyes Free feature, ask Siri to call people, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and get directions,
read your notifications, find calendar information, add reminders, and more.
Obviously the Model S screen and built-in features do many of these things, but it's unclear how many are voice-activated at this point. Will we have to wait for Tesla to release the SDK to allow third parties to integrate well with an iPhone? Will it be possible even then? Or, will Tesla itself step up to the plate and provide this sort of integration for us along the way.
Two great Silicon Valley companies should be working very closely together!