The rise of the connected car

By Kirsten Korosec | February 27, 2013, 9:39 AM PST

Automakers and technology companies are increasingly joining forces to bring customers the connected car.

In the past few months, major automakers, notably GM, Honda and Ford, have made a slew of tech announcements.

Late last year, GM became the first automaker to announce it would integrate Apple’s voice-assistant software Siri into two of its new smaller, budget Chevrolet models–the Spark and Sonic. In January, Honda followed suit and said it would add Apple’s Siri Eyes Free Mode into its 2013 Accord, Acura RDX and Acura ILX.

Siri Eyes Free–which allows drivers to interact with their iPhone while keeping their focus on the road, where it should be–will be a dealer installed option in the models, Honda said at the time.

Ford and GM announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in January they would open their APIs and dashboards to outside developers, in a bid to grow app integration in their vehicles.

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