Honda and Google have recently announced 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.
Honda and Google have been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android 1 platform to automobiles. As a result of this collaboration, Honda began adopting Android Auto starting with the Accord in 2016. Android Auto optimizes 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 user experience with its infotainment for its customers.
By seamlessly connecting mobility and people’s daily lives through the collaboration between Honda’s connected technologies and Google’s advanced technologies, Honda will offer in-vehicle solutions that better suit the needs of customers. These include the following:
Voice assistant: Using Google Assistant installed to the onboard Display Audio infotainment system, 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 smartphone devices hands-free.
Navigation: By integrating Google Maps into the vehicle, the familiar and personalized maps the user already enjoys on their smartphone can be used on the Display Audio infotainment screen natively. 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 gas stations or EV charging stations, and checking the business hours of stores.
In-vehicle apps: With Google Play, users can easily enjoy and download their favorite apps natively into the Display Audio infotainment system. Conveniently listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks directly from their vehicle without using their smartphones. A variety of in-vehicle apps will be offered on Google Play.
Honda is planning to begin integrating Google built-in with the all-new model that will go on sale in the second half of 2022 in North America first, and then expand it globally in stages.
“It is our great pleasure to be able to offer new value for mobility and people’s daily lives all around the world by combining Honda’s strengths in advanced technologies in automobile development and Google’s strengths in innovative information technologies. Honda will continue to take on challenges to create new value while rapidly addressing the transformation of mobility without being bound by the conventional wisdom of the automobile industry.”