Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) launches an advanced information platform called Honda Connect. This device has been developed by Minda i-Connect and can be bought from any Honda dealership across India. The dealer will also install the device on your car. It is priced at INR 2,999 for the first 20,000 customers; after which the price will be increased. Honda did not reveal what will be price after that.
Unveiled first at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Honda Connect offers new intelligent features which can be controlled via the connected smartphone.
In order to get connected with this device, you will need to download Honda Connect app from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once downloaded, you will need to connect the new device with this app.
Honda Cars India have divided the features on offer into three segments – Convenience Features, Utility Features, and Safety and sense of Security – Connected Car features.
Under Convenience Features, the Honda Connect App will send you push notifications about the car’s maintenance like periodic service alerts, scheduling on-line service appointments, building a detailed history of each maintenance action taken on the vehicle, including the visit date, dealer name, cost and so on. The app will also notify you about the latest Honda promotions.
Utility Features on offer in the Honda Connect app are – find the nearest Honda dealer or fuel station in real time, SOS button to let your family know about your location, insurance and PUC renewal reminder, Document Wallet to store photos / files related to the car, and fuel log.
Safety and sense of Security – Connected Car features (available only after installation of “Connected Device”)
Impact Alert: The sensor inside the “Connected device” measures the car’s 3D orientation a hundred times in a second and its inbuilt algorithm can detect an impact possibly due to strong jerk, physical knock or collision. The Impact Alert feature activates HCIL’s 24X7 call center Honda One2One to generate an assistance call where the Honda representative will try to get in touch with the customer and then inform their pre-determined emergency contact numbers with the car location so that help can be organized.
Locate My Car: The Locate My Car feature will enable the customer to locate their car at a single click as the device picks the car’s location every few seconds.
Trip analysis: The Trip by Trip analysis will provide all the information and statistics that the customer needs to optimize their driving behaviour including route taken, Average speed and Idling time. It will also let them know the stops being made or harsh driving which will reassure them in cases when their loved one are being driven or driving their cars.
My Car’s Health: This Vehicle Health Monitoring feature, in case of technical trouble related to engine and battery, will display the car trouble code along with its description. In case of any Defect Troble Code (DTC), the customer will also get timely advice and assistance from the Honda’s customer call center on 24X7 operation including route to the nearest dealer.
Share My Location: A safe and fun feature, Share Your Location, lets your friends and loved ones know the exact location of your car in realtime. You can create sharing sessions from 15 minutes upto 12 hrs.
Honda Connect App is compatible with only three of the Honda cars as of now – Jazz, City and CR-V. Watch the Video below to understand the device and its applications better.