Honda unveils new in-car cloud based infotainment system (Video)

Honda Motors have launched a new in-car infotainment system called HondaLink which will be seen on all Honda ninth generation Accord models. This cloud based system will offer drivers in-car news, information, entertainment through an audio system based interface.

Through this new system, the use of phones in the car will become redundant as drivers will be able to stay connected, listen to music and stay updated with the most recent events from around the world, all through this new HondaLink system. Content is accessible through voice recognition, steering wheel mounted controls and in dash audio system controls.

This service is free of cost to all Honda Accord buyers and is instantly accessible from the cloud. Though some may look upon this system as being a sure shot way to distract drivers while on the road, Vicki Poponi, Honda Asst. Vice President of Product Planning has actually counteracted these claims saying that it will actually encourage motorists to leave their mobile phones aside and stay connected through HondaLink.

HondaLink will also be offered on the new Honda Fit EV and Accord Plug In Hybrids. Owners of these vehicles will be able to stay continually connected to their vehicle and can even use the application to check the state of charging, activate air conditioning and heater in the vehicle as per conditions.

This system is being launched on the 2013 Honda Accord by this fall.  HondaLink EV will launch with Fit EV for lease in California and Oregon from July 20, 2012.

For more information, read the press release below.


Honda Introduces HondaLink™



Auto News Release

New Cloud-Based HondaLink™ Connected Car System Helps Drivers Put Away Their Phones While Maintaining Intuitive Access to Their Favorite Media

HondaLink™ provides first-ever OEM application of Aha™, delivering robust digital content via preset smartphone app

Honda today unveiled HondaLink™, a new in-vehicle connectivity system that will debut this fall on the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. Featuring the first automotive OEM application of Aha™ by Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized experience connecting drivers to thousands of cloud-based news, information and entertainment feeds from around the world, using an intuitive, audio-system based interface.

“HondaLink will enable customers to put away their phone and still stay connected to the people, music and media they love,” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. “By creating an intuitive and customizable user interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as easily as choosing a radio station.”

Honda’s intuitive new HondaLink smartphone application allows owners to preset content on their phone. Once in the car, consumers can enjoy personalized content accessible via voice recognition, steering-wheel mounted controls and in-dash audio system controls. With a tethered smartphone serving as a conduit to a wealth of cloud-based media, HondaLink creates a unique, connected driving experience.

“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.”

Through the Aha service, for example, HondaLink users can listen to Facebook and Twitter audio newsfeeds, podcasts from NPR, location-based personalized restaurant listings from Yelp!, and access internet music services such as Slacker. The service is free and instantly accessible from the cloud.

Aha delivers a user-friendly experience requiring infrequent smartphone software updates, with in-vehicle content and channel access updating simply and automatically throughout the vehicle life. And content available from HondaLink will grow as the system continues to expand its services for Honda owners. HondaLink will also incorporate Pandora internet radio and voice-to-text SMS text services with pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012 CR-V.

HondaLink EV

The HondaLink family also includes HondaLink EV, specifically designed for the all-new Fit EV all-electric vehicle and the upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Owners of these electric vehicles will have access to unique applications designed specifically to maintain connectivity to their vehicle. The HondaLink EV application will allow the user to remotely view the state of charge, initiate charging, and activate the air conditioning and heater to pre-condition the vehicle while connected to the grid to maximize battery range on start-up. HondaLink EV will launch with the Fit EV, which will be available for lease in California and Oregon beginning on July 20, 2012.