Honda announces cloud-based HondaLink information and entertainment system

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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All new cars come equipped with stereos, but some feature infotainment systems that are capable of much more than just spinning tunes. A few more are so smart that they've been given their own names, such as Sync and UVO. Soon Honda will have an intelligent infotainment system of its own, dubbed HondaLink.

HondaLink is an in-vehicle connectivity system that will arrive this fall in the new ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. It features Aha radio by Harman, and connects drivers with several cloud-based news, information and entertainment feeds from all over the world. Aha also requires "...infrequent smartphone software updates," says Honda in a press release.

"HondaLink will enable customers to put away their phone and still stay connected to the people, music and media they love," said Dave Jamieson, Assistant Vice President of Honda Canada. "By creating an intuitive and customizable user interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as easily as choosing a radio station."

Smartphone users will be able to preset content on their smartphones using HondaLink's smartphone application. Then, once inside the vehicle, users can access content through voice recognition, steering wheel-mounted controls, or in-dash audio system controls.

In addition to providing a wealth of information and entertainment feeds from across the world, HondaLink will also include the same voice-to-text SMS text service with pre-programmed response already introduced with the 2012 CR-V, and various Acura models.

Like other such cloud-based infotainment systems, the content available from HondaLink will increase in time as the system expands its services to Honda owners.

"Honda's strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth of new information and services to Honda owners," said Jamieson. "This is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected customer."
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Topics: Honda, Technology / Gadgets, HondaLink,

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