In Sweden, Toyota ad hijacks Siri to switch off iPhones while driving

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Toyota hijacks voice control on smartphones through a radio ad.
Toyota hijacks voice control on smartphones through a radio ad.

A country with a passion for road safety gets a campaign where the machines know best

Sweden has a reputation for having the world's safest roads and participates in "Vision Zero," a multinational program aimed at ending all auto-related deaths.

Now Toyota has come up with a radio ad that uses Siri and Google Voice to actually switch off an iPhone or Android phone's text and call functionality, making drivers less likely to pick up calls.

The ad relies on the fact that an iPhone, if plugged in and charging, will wake up on the voice command "Hey, Siri." Certain Android models will wake up on the "OK Google" command.

The ad begins by saying, "Hey, Siri," then proceeds to ask the phone to switch on airplane mode, meaning drivers can't call or text while driving.

It's thought the ad is a world first in interacting with a device without human intervention. The campaign ran at rush hour, a week before the vacation when Swedes traditionally drive to their holiday homes.

Brand: Toyota
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Sweden

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