Honda introduces new HondaLink services for deeper iOS integration


Honda has introduced two new technologies today for its HondaLink service that will further integrate iOS devices with its newer vehicles. The first is a built-in 7-inch touchscreen display called Display Audio Interface, and the second allows users to mirror apps from their smartphone to the display.

The new tech will be available first in the 2014 Honda Civic, which launches tomorrow, and the 2015 Honda Fit, which is expected to debut early next year. The car-maker says that this is not a complete realization of Apple’s new ‘iOS in the Car’ feature, but it’s their first step in implementing it…

As part of its new services, Honda has launched four new HondaLink apps in the App Store today that will allow users to connect their iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c to their compatible vehicles. There’s a maintenance/owner’s guide app, a navigation app, a music app and an app launcher. Here’s a quick breakdown.

  • Connect App – With the HondaLink™ Connect App, you can search for point of interest locations; save favorite destinations; view weather forecasts; stay in touch with key maintenance information about your vehicle, including notifications on your next required service; easily set up service appointments with a quick dial to your servicing dealer; receive useful Feature Guide and Quick Tip messages about your car; contact roadside assistance agents when needed, and more.
  • Navigation App – Download the HondaLink Navigation App onto your phone and stream an entire navigation system into your Honda dashboard display. Receive all the convenience of in-vehicle maps and routing, including continuously updated traffic information for freeways, highways, and major surface streets. Search for points of interest or specific addresses, and easily route to your selected destination. Use the steering wheel controls to interact with the HondaLink Navigation app while driving. Includes free annual map updates.
  • Aha App – Honda owners in the US and Canada can now reach a whole new world of information, audio content, and customer services while on the go with the free HondaLinkTM app featuring AhaTM. The HondaLink app connects quickly and easily to select Honda vehicles and provides convenient access to cloud-based services right through the vehicle dashboard, allowing you to leave your phone tucked away while driving. With this app, HondaLink brings you Aha and turns your favorite Internet content into personalized, live, on-demand radio stations.
  • Launcher App – Honda owners can open up a world of apps to use in vehicles equipped with the new HondaLink Next Generation system with the HondaLink™ App Launcher. The HondaLink App Launcher is your guide to easily find apps that are compatible with the HondaLink Next Generation platform. Use it to find other HondaLink Next Generation apps such as HondaLink Connect, HondaLink Aha, and HondaLink Navigation. The App Launcher brings these apps into your vehicle dashboard, transforming your in-vehicle experience.

Additionally, Honda announced that the new Civic and Fit with Display Audio will also be the first Honda vehicles to have factory installed support for Siri Eyes Free. The feature became available as a dealer-installed accessory last week for 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX models.

Honda is currently (10:00am PST) hosting a Google Hangout (via MacRumors) regarding the new technology, offering further details and fielding questions from users.