Honda and Google 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.
Honda and Google have been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android 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 UX for its customers – providing them with native Google apps and services in the vehicle.
Google Assistant, for example, can be installed to the on-board Display Audio. With it, drivers can carry out a variety of tasks through voice control while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel. The user can send messages and get directions, and control some vehicle functionality, infotainment features and compatible smartphones.
Google Maps vehicle the user to access the frequent, and personalized, maps saved on their smartphone on Display Audio in the vehicle. Like Google Assistant, Google Maps uses voice control to provide enhanced functionality to the driver. They can, for example, ask the app to navigate them to their home address, estimate their time of arrival, find the closest gas station, or EV charging station, and check the business hours of stores and restaurants.
Through Google Play, users can download new apps designed and developed for the vehicle. The app also allows them to listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks previously downloaded from Google Play without the need of a smartphone.