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Old 08 Oct 2012, 08:49 pm
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Default Honda reveals new cloud-based infotainment system

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New Cloud-Based HondaLink™ Connected Car System Helps Drivers Put Away
Their Phones While Maintaining Intuitive Access to Their Favorite
Media

HondaLink™ provides first-ever OEM application of Aha™, delivering
robust digital content via preset smartphone app

July 18, 2012

TORRANCE

Honda today unveiled HondaLink™, a new in-vehicle connectivity system
that will debut this fall on the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 Honda
Accord. Featuring the first automotive OEM application of Aha™ by
Harman, HondaLink will provide a personalized experience connecting
drivers to thousands of cloud-based news, information and
entertainment feeds from around the world, using an intuitive,
audio-system based interface.

"HondaLink will enable customers to put away their phone and
still stay connected to the people, music and media they love,"
said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for
American Honda. "By creating an intuitive and customizable user
interface, HondaLink allows drivers to access digital content as
easily as choosing a radio station."

Honda's intuitive new HondaLink smartphone application allows owners
to preset content on their phone. Once in the car, consumers can enjoy
personalized content accessible via voice recognition, steering-wheel
mounted controls and in-dash audio system controls. With a tethered
smartphone serving as a conduit to a wealth of cloud-based media,
HondaLink creates a unique, connected driving experience.

"Honda's strategy is about leveraging the cloud to bring a wealth
of new information and services to Honda owners," said Charles
Koch, American Honda manager of new business development. "This
is the next evolution of the connected car and the connected
customer."

Through the Aha service, for example, HondaLink users can listen to
Facebook and Twitter audio newsfeeds, podcasts from NPR,
location-based personalized restaurant listings from Yelp!, and access
internet music services such as Slacker. The service is free and
instantly accessible from the cloud.

Aha delivers a user-friendly experience requiring infrequent
smartphone software updates, with in-vehicle content and channel
access updating simply and automatically throughout the vehicle life.
And content available from HondaLink will grow as the system continues
to expand its services for Honda owners. HondaLink will also
incorporate Pandora internet radio and voice-to-text SMS text services
with pre-programmed responses, which Honda introduced on the 2012
CR-V.

HondaLink EV

The HondaLink family also includes HondaLink EV, specifically designed
for the all-new Fit EV all-electric vehicle and the upcoming Accord
Plug-In Hybrid. Owners of these electric vehicles will have access to
unique applications designed specifically to maintain connectivity to
their vehicle. The HondaLink EV application will allow the user to
remotely view the state of charge, initiate charging, and activate the
air conditioning and heater to pre-condition the vehicle while
connected to the grid to maximize battery range on start-up. HondaLink
EV will launch with the Fit EV, which will be available for lease in
California and Oregon beginning on July 20, 2012.

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