Honda will introduce exclusive Android and Google features to select vehicles starting in 2015. At a conference in San Francisco last week, Honda was announced as one of Google’s partners in the future connectivity improvements between smartphones and vehicles.
These select, yet-to-be-announced Honda models will operate simply. Connect your Android phone to the cable provided in your new Honda. From there, it projects an interface to the Honda’s touch-screen, allowing the driver to interact with the system through touch screens or voice command. Users will also be able to access Google maps, Google Play Music, as well their phone contacts and messages. Some other apps such as iHeartRadio and Spotify will also be compatible.
“Honda’s goal is to integrate the power and functionality of today’s smartphones directly into our vehicles in a way that is seamless and intuitive for our customers,” said Nick Sugimoto, senior program director for Honda Silicon Valley Lab. “By working collaboratively with Google and other technology companies, Honda will help millions of consumers around the world more easily and conveniently access their smartphones’ content, data and features.”
Honda is a founding member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a group of automakers and technology companies committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. The company’s open innovation lab, Honda Silicon Valley Lab, spearheads Honda’s global interactions with technology companies like Google, as well as developers, to create cutting-edge products and customer experiences.
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