The system will allow drivers with an iPhone 5, 5S and 5c to send and read text messages and e-mail, access turn-by-turn navigation, mark their calendars, access weather information and more through the “talk” button on the steering wheel. Honda is bundling the system with its new “Display Audio Interface” system that will arrive first on the refreshed 2014 Civic.
That new infotainment system includes a navigation application of its own that mimics the multitouch controls popularized on Apple mobile products. Users will be able to pinch, swipe and tap to manipulate the map display. The system also includes 3D mapping and live traffic updates for a fee. It features a seven-inch touch screen display with on-screen buttons mean to look like the icons associated with smartphone applications.
Last month, Honda announced plans to offer a refreshed Civic model for the second time in three years. The current generation began with the 2012 model year, but the brand chose to revise its volume-selling compact car only a year after launch. In a bid to keep up with Toyota’s top-selling Corolla, Honda will begin offering the Civic with a CVT; equipment that is already available on the 2014 Corolla.
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