HondaLink coming this month, will take on Ford’s SYNC

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 2, 2012

Honda may not have made significant advances yet when it comes to in-car technology but it has been confirmed that it will launch a new HondaLink system in July. Other automakers such as Ford have been updating infotainment systems while Honda hasn’t been able to keep up. But now, Honda is moving away from using satellite data for its connected services.

According to the Autopia blog on Wired magazine, Honda’s reps are not aware if the newer system will use a built-in modem or if it will be connected to a driver’s smartphone. Honda first displayed its connectivity at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show where it revealed that it has partnered with Aha Radio. With this Aha radio app, users are able to stream thousands of audio feeds.

The 2013 Honda Accord is the first model in the range to have this app. It’s not clear at this point which vehicles will get Apple’s Siri Eyes Free function but it’s likely to be the 2013 Accord. The Honda Fit EV is where the revamped HondaLink system will officially debut. But then, the Fit will only be available in a few markets. It will be widely seen only on the new 2013 Accord, which starts selling this fall.

Topics: honda, ford, sync

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