AWT recently reported that FCA Uconnect, a North American automaker, is releasing a new complimentary software update designed to add Apple Siri Eyes Free capability to the vehicle's Uconnect system. If that intrigues you, you might also want to check out a nifty steering wheel-mounted accessory: the $49.95 BluClik Remote from iSimple. I thought you might want to highlight it if you haven’t already covered similar/competing devices.
It’s a Bluetooth remote that connects to an iPhone (as well as Android devices) separately from a car’s speakerphone Bluetooth connection. It sports a button that enables Siri after a long press, as well as play/pause, track forward/backward, and phone volume controls. As long as your phone is connected to the car’s audio, you use Siri over the car’s system, virtually offering Siri Eyes-Free capability.
“I drive a 2010 Nissan Cube that can handle a Bluetooth speakerphone profile and has an iPod/iPhone interface but no Bluetooth audio or any other smart features, and this accessory really helped me put the phone down while driving,” says Adam Thurmond, an AWT reader who brought the BluClick to my attention (thanks, Adam). “It charges via micro-USB and the charge lasts around 60 days of use. My only complaint is that sometimes my iPhone treats it like a Bluetooth-connected keyboard and won’t bring up the on-screen keyboard in apps unless I force it to, though that could be an iOS flaw.”