In today’s Honda unveiled its HondLink, a new system of connectivity within the vehicle that will make its debut next fall at the new 9th generation Honda Accord 2013. Presenting the first automotive OEM application of the Aha of Harman, HondLink will offer a personalized experience by connecting to drivers with thousands of news, information and channels of entertainment based on the cloud and from around the world, using an intuitive interface based on the audio system. HondLink will allow customers to set aside their phones and stay connected with people, music and the media that love, said Vicki Poponi, Vice President Auxiliar de Planificacion de Productos at American Honda. Through the creation of an intuitive and customizable user interface, HondLink allows users to access digital content in a way as simple as choosing a radio station: the new and intuitive application of smart phone HondLink, allows users to pre-configure content in their phones. Once in the car, consumers can enjoy custom content accessible through speech recognition, controls mounted on the steering wheel and in-dash audio system controls. With an attached Smartphone, which serves as a conduit to a wealth of media based in the cloud, HondLink creates a unique connected driving experience.
The Honda hybrids strategy is to leverage the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to the owners of a Honda, said Charles Koch, Manager of new business development in American Honda. It’s the next evolution of the concept of connected car and client connected. Through the Aha service, for example, users of HondLink can listen to news channels of audio on Facebook and Twitter, podcasts NPR, custom listings of restaurants based on the location on Yelp!, and access to Internet, such as Slacker music service. The service is free and can be accessed instantly from the cloud. AHA provides a friendly experience with the user who requires a little frequent software updates on your Smartphone, with internal content update in the vehicle and access to simple and automatic channel throughout the life of the vehicle. And the available content from HondLink will grow as the system continues to expand its services to the owners of Honda vehicles.
HondLink also incorporate the Pandora’s Internet radio service and the SMS text service voice to text with pre-programmed responses, introduced Honda CR-v 2012. HondLink EV HondLink family also includes the HondLink EV, specifically designed for the new vehicle the next Accord Plug-In Hybrid and fully electric Fit EV. The owners of these electric vehicles will have access to exclusive applications specifically designed to maintain connectivity in their vehicles. HondLink EV application will allow the user to see the charge status, remotely start charging and activate the air conditioning or heating for preconditioning to the vehicle while it is connected to the mains, mode to maximize the reach of the battery to the boot time. HondLink EV will be launched along with the Fit EV, which will be available as of July 20, 2012 to lease through leasing in California and Oregon.