HondaLink™ provides first-ever OEM application of Aha
Honda today unveiled HondaLink™, 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 Aha® by Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized experience
connecting drivers to thousands of cloud-based news, information and entertainment 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 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.”
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 Jamieson. “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 voice-to-text SMS
text services with pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012 CR-V.
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