Join Date: 9th May 2008
Location: Barnsley, UK
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I have had a quick test using Siri on my Accord HFT. As suspected it doesn't quite work.
When you activate Siri on the phone it tries to use the Bluetooth, and stops your music playing. However, when you press the button on your steering wheel, the HFT system obviously thinks that you are giving it an instruction, rather than sending it direct to the phone, and just responds "Pardon"
It is how I suspected, and is actually a problem as having the HFT connection enabled means that you can't use Siri in the car, as I can't find a way of stopping it from using the Bluetooth for Siri.
However, when you think about it, the point of the HFT system is that it is hands free, which the iPhone 4S effectively is with Siri. I've just turned off the HFT system in the car and by leaving the phone by the gear lever, I can just use it directly on hands free. The only problem is that it is slightly harder to reach for the iPhone home button than it is for the steering wheel control.
The voice recognition on the iPhone is streets ahead of the Honda system, and I tested it by asking some questions whilst driving. It did pretty well.
Hope that helps.