2013 Honda Accord Marks Debut of New HondaLink Infotainment System
Honda detailed its new HondaLink infotainment strategy today, a new feature that will debut this fall in Honda vehicles, starting with the 2013 Accord.
This system connects your smartphone to your car’s infotainment system. By using your iPhone or Android based smartphone drivers gain access to Aha cloud services and more.
Honda detailed a few of the HondaLink features system including Internet Radio usage, Slacker Support, audiobooks, Yelp and Facebook.
In terms of Facebook integration, the HondaLink system will read-out your Facebook newsfeed.
The HondaLink system was designed to reduce distracted driving. It can be controlled in the car via steering wheel buttons, dash buttons and voice-control.
Through tight integration with the smartphone app and infotainment system, drivers can skip songs in Slacker, and use recommendations from Yelp to direct them to near-by restaurants via the navigation system.
The HondaLink system works by letting users download an application to their smartphone, and set up their HondaLink profile. When drivers get into the car and connect their phone via Bluetooth, or iPhone’s USB cable, it will pull up all of the information from the application.
The system is similar to what is available in the Honda Fit EV, which uses an iPhone app to schedule charges and check the status of the vehicles battery. This feature will also be seen in the upcoming Honda Accord PHEV.
Honda says that this will be the first integration of the Aha cloud services in a vehicle.
Honda uses a similar system, though more rudimentary, in the 2012 Honda CR-V, which allows users to stream Pandora music through an iPhone.
There is no fee for the Aha services, but users should be aware of their smartphone’s data usage while using HondaLink.
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