Yesterday, Honda finally revealed details about the long-awaited infotainment system: HondaLink.
What is HondaLink?
HondaLink is the brand new in-vehicle connectivity system developed by Honda, set to debut on the all-new 2013 Honda Accord.
How will it work?
Honda has partnered with Harman to utilize the Aha app to stream content into the HondaLink system. With this technology, HondaLink will connect you to cloud-based news, music, information and entertainment feeds using an audio-based interface to deliver the content. The audio will be streamed to the vehicle through USB (iOS) or Bluetooth connection (Android).
What can you expect?
A completely personalized experience. HondaLink lets you personalize content channels based on the music, news and social feeds that you use on your daily life. This means that the platform will give you access to a myriad of podcasts, Facebook/Twitter feeds (that will be read to you), music through Slacker, and listings from Yelp. While in your car you will be able to select the digital content through voice recognition, steering-wheel mounted controls, and in-dash audio system controls.
Why is it better than other infotainment systems in the market?
By using Aha for HondaLink, you will get a platform that updates regularly and is not tied to an aging automotive architecture. Many connected systems in other vehicle makes are embedded into the operating system in the car, which limits the upgrades the system will go through for future versions. Operating as a connectivity app, HondaLink not only offers the same services and an intuitive experience, but it also lets you preset your favorite digital content on your phone before you even step foot inside the vehicle.
“Honda’s strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to Honda owners,” said Charles Koch, American Honda manager of new business development. “This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer.”
Check out Honda’s new HondaLink video below.