Android Auto Integration Coming to Honda
Honda is flexing its technology muscles and partnering up with Google’s Android Auto to bring smartphone features to parts of its 2015 lineup. They have a functional prototype on display today at Google’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco.
With other manufacturers rushing to partner or create their own appropriate mobile experiences, this Google integration may give them a boost over competitors who have yet to get on board with the most popular mobile operating system in the world.
“Honda’s goal is to integrate the power and functionality of today’s smartphones directly into our vehicles in a way that is seamless and intuitive for our customers,” said Nick Sugimoto,director for Honda Silicon Valley Lab. “By working collaboratively with Google and other technology companies, Honda will help millions of consumers around the world more easily and conveniently access their smartphones’ content, data and features.”
The integration will require direct smartphone integration through a USB port and will show apps on the car’s in-dash display. One Miami Honda dealer tells us that while many of the apps available through the interface are designed specifically for in-car use, they won’t be able to be a distraction for the drivers.
This all comes as part of their founding member status with the Open Automotive Alliance, an organization that promises to combine the best of automotive technology with other technologies driving the world today.