Aerostich has released a call to action for motorcyclists to let Siri (and Apple Inc.) know that her condescending tone towards motorcycling is not appreciated.
Aerostich has released a call to action for motorcyclists to let Siri (and Apple Inc.) know that her condescending tone toward motorcycling is not appreciated.
The Aerostich staff recently spent several days in Phoenix, Ariz., without a motorcycle. Wishing they had a motorcycle, a staff member said, “Siri, I want to go motorcycle riding.” Her response? “Now, you be careful on that thing.”
Here's what the Aerostich had to say about Siri's response:
"Really, Siri? We know you’re a super-advanced A.I. [artificial intelligence] and we appreciate your concern, but you seem to have missed the fact that motorcycling is well-worth it’s added risks and vulnerabilities, and that we’ve been making motorcycling safer and easier to enjoy every day for over 30 years.
Maybe Siri should be saying: 'Me, too. I wish *I* could ride,' or 'Ok. Riding’s sure great!' or 'Easy to appreciate that. Have fun!' "
Aerostich tested several iPhones at various locations and got different responses from Siri.
"This particular response should be erased permanently," Aerostich said. "Teach her about riding. Help her do (and say) the right thing."
What do you think Siri should say about motorcycling?
Aerostich is urging motorcyclists to fill out a “bug report” and let Apple know that Siri’s limited awareness and her condescending attitude toward riding is not appreciated: https://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html.
"Remind her that her dad Steve Jobs was a rider," the company said. "Please reference either us, aerostich.com, or ridetowork.org as your source and help raise awareness about how motorcycles and scooters are a wonderful experience and a social good."