2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56: When Siri Met Bluetooth

October 17, 2011

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Like a whole lot of other people, I got the new iPhone 4S this weekend and went crazy trying out its voice-activated personal assistant, which (who?) is called Siri. In addition to asking Siri to explain the meaning of life, I asked it to play songs via Bluetooth Audio in our M56.

It worked great. I told Siri: "Play 'Your Heart's a Mess,' " and the song immediately rang out through the car's Bluetooth Audio system. The track info on the M56's display lagged a bit behind the start of the song, but it caught up quickly.

I suspect that Siri-like ease of use is a long way off when it comes to OEM voice-command systems. But maybe Siri and other intelligent voice-activated smartphone programs are all we really need. Siri is in beta at the moment, so its applications for drivers are probably not anywhere near realized yet.

If you have a new iPhone 4S, what tricks can it do with your car?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @17,155 miles

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