HondaLink™ provides first-ever OEM application of Aha®, delivering robust digital content via preset smartphone app
MARKHAM, ON, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - 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
"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.
About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 5.8
million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities
and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario,
where the Honda Civic and CR-V, Acura MDX and ZDX models are
manufactured. 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 3.6
million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.
1Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.
SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.
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