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HondaLink infotainment system announced, will debut on the 2013 Accord [video]

Has Facebook, Twitter and Yelp!

Honda has introduced the HondaLink infotainment system, ahead of its debut on the 2013 Accord.

Designed for internet addicted drivers, the system tethers to a smartphone to access "thousands of cloud-based news, information and media feeds from around the world." It has a programmable interface and will allow users to listen to Facebook / Twitter posts, podcasts and internet-based radio stations. It will also have voice recognition technology and location-based restaurant listings from Yelp!

Similarly, the HondaLink EV system will be offered on the Fit EV and Accord Plug-In Hybrid. It has the same features as the standard system but will allow users to initiate charging, view the battery status and activate the air conditioner or heater from their smartphone.

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

HondaLinkTM provides first-ever OEM application of AhaTM, delivering robust digital content via preset smartphone app

Honda today unveiled HondaLinkTM, 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 AhaTM by Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized experience connecting drivers to thousands of cloud-based news,information and media 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.

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 tazcubed tazcubed
Nope, I don't foresee any more car accidents with integration of things like Facebook and twitter...they should have ended it with "carnage begins soon".
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July 20, 2012 8:08 am
 International International
Neat-O The future seems closer then we thought
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July 19, 2012 4:07 pm