Advanced connected-car technology debuts in 2014 Honda Civic, followed
by 2015 Fit
Display Audio touchscreen brings smartphone-like functionality inside
Next gen HondaLink™ makes integrated navigation more affordable and
intuitive with smartphone-powered navigation app
2014 Civic with Display Audio first to achieve further integration of
Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode for the Honda brand
MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Honda today introduced the next
generation of connected-car technology to meet the evolving needs of
today's tech-savvy, always-connected consumers: Honda Display Audio and
HondaLink™. Together these technologies represent the most advanced
information and media connectivity package ever offered by Honda. Both
new systems will debut on the 2014 Civic, which goes on-sale on
December 18, 2013.
Additionally, the 2014 Civic equipped with Display Audio marks the
further integration of Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode into Honda vehicles,
with Siri operation available directly through the steering
wheel-mounted controls when a compatible iPhone is paired via Bluetooth®.
"Display Audio and HondaLink are pioneering technologies that seamlessly
and intuitively integrate the power and functionality of a customers'
smartphone directly into their vehicle," said Dave Jamieson, assistant
vice president of sales and marketing for Honda Canada. "Staying
connected to the latest music, information, news, traffic updates, even
friends and family, is a must-have capability for a new generation of
The new Display Audio interface1 debuts on the 2014 Civic (EX models and above) and will be featured on
the all-new 2015 Fit, arriving next summer. Offering one of the largest
touchscreens in its class, Display Audio uses the familiar pinch, swipe
and tap functionality of a smartphone to access audio, phonebook,
media, vehicle information and available navigation features.
Icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on a 7-inch,
high-definition, capacitive touchscreen, making the interface intuitive
and easy to use. Standard internet-sourced music and media options are
built into the Display Audio interface, with the ability to create
personalized stations, tap to "like" songs, and view album artwork
directly from the touchscreen. Display Audio also integrates touch
operation of the volume (with a quick-swipe adjustment), menu, and
return functions for a modern and sleek look. Standard steering wheel
controls compliment the touchscreen features as well.
Next Generation HondaLink™
The Display Audio system with next generation HondaLink allows the
customer's digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and
provides access to a world of cloud-based information. The all-new
application-based platform connects customers to online content both
inside and outside the car, all powered by their smartphones. At launch
timing, iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will benefit from all the features
HondaLink offers. Compatible Android smartphone's are anticipated to
become available next year.
Four specialty HondaLink apps provide organization and are a gateway to
additional online content:
Connect App - Provides convenient access for many services including
location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder alerts,
service scheduling by phone, and access to the Owners Guide. Users can
tap for weather updates and store favorite destinations for quick
routing with the Navigation app.
Navigation App - For the first time Honda is offering a comprehensive
cloud-based navigation app for purchase2 that includes 3D mapping and continuously updated traffic information.
As the first navigation app developed by an automaker with mapping data
provided by HERE, a Nokia business, this app offers a variety of
location search options including search by point of interest, text
search, or previous locations. Routes can be pre-planned on a
smartphone and will display on the vehicle's touchscreen. Turn-by-turn
routing guidance is available through the vehicle's audio system as
Aha™App - provides access to an extensive and diverse selection of audio
content across multiple genres and demographics, plus featured new
stations, Internet radio, podcasts, audiobooks, news, Twitter and
Facebook updates and nearby location listings for restaurants, coffee
houses, hotels, weather, parks, and gas stations. Users can tap to
personalize stations or add favorites via smartphone or directly
through the Display Audio interface.
Launcher App -Finds and organizes Honda-approved 3rd party apps so they
can be quickly integrated into the Display Audio system. Approved apps
can be found through the Launcher and shown on the Display Audio screen
for easy access.
Additional new features found with HondaLink include HondaLink Assist,
which can help provide emergency assistance to drivers. If there is a
cellular connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a
collision, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an
operator, report the car's current location, and allow you to talk
directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency
services if needed.
Siri Eyes Free Integration
Display Audio further integrates Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode into Honda
vehicles. Compatible iPhone® users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by
pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their
iPhone is paired via Bluetooth® . Siri Eyes Free provides for a multitude of helpful functions
Making phone calls
Reading incoming text messages and sending responses
Setting up calendar entries
Obtaining sports information
Receiving and posting Twitter and Facebook updates
Siri Eyes Free mode helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, leaving
the iPhone out of their hand and helping to reduce the potential for
driver distraction. Display Audio is the first factory installed
integration of the Siri Eyes Free mode into a Honda vehicle. .
For additional Display Audio images and videos, please visit www.hondanews.ca.
About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6
million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities
and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston,
Ontario. Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and
currently build Honda Civic and CR-V models. Honda Canada has invested
more than $2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1
billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has
sold more than 3.7 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and
light-duty trucks in Canada.
1The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and
streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety
reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other
operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State
or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions
may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans
apply. Please see your Honda dealer and HondaLink terms and conditions
2 App available for purchase for $59.99 through iTunes store.
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
For further information:
Maki Inoue 905-888-4416