TOKYO: Honda and Google announced on Friday that the two companies have agreed to integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into an all-new model that will come to market in the second half of 2022 in North America.
The Japanese automaker will then expand it globally in stages.
Honda and Google have been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android platform to vehicles.
As a result of this partnership, Honda began adopting Android Auto starting with the Accord in 2016.
Android Auto optimises smartphone functions for drivers and allows Honda vehicles to offer UX (user experience) that Honda customers can enjoy safely and comfortably.
With the new collaboration with Google, Honda will further advance the UX for its customers.
Key functions of Google built-in are as follows:
Using Google Assistant installed to the on-board Display Audio, the driver can easily complete daily tasks through voice control while keeping eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel. Drivers can send messages, get directions, and control media, vehicle functions and compatible smart phone devices hands-free.
By integrating Google Maps into the vehicle, the familiar and personalised maps the user already enjoys on their smartphone, can be used on Display Audio in the vehicle. Moreover, the driver can talk to Google to do many things more easily while driving, including navigating home, getting an estimated time of arrival, finding the closest petrol stations or EV charging stations, and checking the business hours of stores.
With Google Play, users can easily enjoy and download their favorite apps. Conveniently listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks directly from their vehicle without using their smartphones. A variety of in-vehicle apps offered on Google Play makes the time Honda customers spend in their vehicle more pleasant.