Honda Boosts iOS Car Integration with New HondaLink Services for 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following last week's announcement of Siri "Eyes Free" integration for select Honda and Acura vehicles, Honda today held a Google Hangout to announce even deeper integration for the 2014 Honda Civic and 2015 Honda Fit.

    The new Civic, which goes on sale tomorrow, and the upcoming Fit, which launches early next year, will offer an all-new Display Audio interface featuring a 7-inch touchscreen that will be familiar to smartphone users, offering easy access to a variety of features.
    Leveraging the large touchscreen display, new HondaLink apps for iOS will allow users to seamlessly connect their iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c to vehicle systems for accessing online content. The suite consists of four iOS apps now available:
    Beyond the new HondaLink features, the Civic and Fit with Display Audio will also be the first Honda vehicles to have factory installed support for Siri Eyes Free, with the compatibility for 2013-2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX models announced last week arriving as a dealer installed accessory.

    Honda's Google Hangout offering more information on iOS integration with the new Civic and Fit is archived here.

    Article Link: Honda Boosts iOS Car Integration with New HondaLink Services for 2014 Civic, 2015 Fit
  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    If 3rd party head-unit manufacturers got in on this then we wouldn't need to buy a brand new car to use this feature. :)
  3. arian19, Dec 3, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013

    arian19 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Hosting a Google hangout to reveal an iOS integration for there cars... weird.

  4. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    "Take on me..."
  5. Lapidus macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    I guess building my iPad in the car was still te best option to have 'iOS in the car' [​IMG]
  6. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I wonder how they intend to deliver any future updates to this software. It would be nice if the users could download the update on an iPhone, connect the iPhone to the head unit, and then proceed with the update.
  7. kwikdeth macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    another closed system that will probably have zero API access for 3rd party developers. in other words, more of the same.
  8. grimmace macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2003
    Look, you can pinch, zoom, and aaAAAAAHHH!!! SMASH!!
  9. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    I agree, it isnt that hard I assume. Just like "ipod compatible" in every 3rd party head unit.
  10. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I would immediately fire whoever came up with that name.

    Anyway, this looks kind of cool (especially since my wife may be due for a new Civic next year), but it still seems like kind of a confusing system/interface. I wish Apple would make their own standard car UI instead of letting the car manufacturers do it ham-handedly and then trying to awkwardly integrate iOS with it.
  11. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
    correction: 'iMirror in the car'
  12. Munch macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2006
    I'm more impressed that you have a working car with a working tape deck.

    Is the iPad worth more than the car? :D
  13. bpcookson macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
  14. macs4nw macrumors 601


    All that integration is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it's great, and super convenient, but one can't help but wonder with all that 2-way migrating data, where all that data ends up eventually, without our knowledge, no doubt.
  15. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Honda Civic + iPad + iPhone = American Way of Life Survival Kit
  16. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Meh, a proprietary solution like this will never have the kind of ecosystem something like iOS in the car could have, and I bet it will be less intuitive/smooth too, not to mention software likely won't be updated that much since it'll be limited by your car's hardware.

    I'd much rather see the exact same iOS integration on every car with updates coming for free with every new iOS version, but obviously Honda would rather sell you a $60 map pack with even less POI data than Apple Maps.
  17. ninjadex macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2004
    This is all somewhat confusing at this point, but I don't believe this is true 'iOS in the Car'. It seems to be some sort of custom Honda solution, based around iOS apps that they provide. That's way different than what Apple showed at WWDC.
  18. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    I knew automakers wouldn't go for the full "iOS 7 in the Car" feature. It's too integrated and overrides their own crappy UI with a nice, useful Apple interface.
  19. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Sounds like a lot, but just a few years ago, car manufacturers were routinely charging an additional $1.5K to $2.5K for a crappy in-dash screen that did nothing but navigation, with really stale/sketchy map data. And map data had to be updated through a disc, which you could get from your dealer for several hundred dollars. So, progress.
  20. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    #20 basically it does everything the built-in maps and google maps does? i dont get this. i have the Pioneer App Radio which tries to do something similar, using its own apps and third-party apps...but none of them do better than what iOS does. id so prefer to be able to port out my phone's display to the touchscreen (which can be done if jailbreaking the AppRadio).

    my impression is apple's "iOS in the car" initiative will allow this natively -- apple maps, music, etc.


    see the Pioneer AppRadio -- it does exactly this. i use it...but you'll find its not nearly as slick and polished as iOS implementations.


    correct. this is a work-around hack, similar to Pioneer's AppRadio head units. it works...kinda. lots of things dont work as expected or very well.
  21. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    chances are that it has maps stores on local storage

  22. steve333 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2008
    I can't look at that dash without fighting the urge to projectile vomit
  23. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Only Honda has control of the apps that can be shown on your dash screen, so they're basically using this to sell you the privilege of displaying maps on that screen for $60.

    That's something iOS in the car would have done for free, and probably with a much better UI.

    It seems like they're competing with iOS in the car instead of adopting it. This is very disappointing news from a consumer perspective.
  24. inkswamp macrumors 68030


    Jan 26, 2003
    Not weird at all. Most people don't know about the whole Apple-Google schism, and most probably wouldn't care about it even if they did.
  25. k2director macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2006
    Looks lame

    Yet another car manufacturer trying to reinvent a wheel that Apple and Google have already done much better.

    Does Honda really think I want to use their crappy navigation app over Apple's? I can talk to Apple Maps. I can press one button on the phone (or steering wheel) and say "Give me directions to....". I can say "What's my ETA?" I can say "Cancel directions." Also, next year, when Apple Maps take another jump, I'm likely to be able to speak more sophisticated commands to the mapping program. Also, I can do all of this through a bluetooth connection, instead of having to physically plug the phone in.

    Can Honda's app keep up with that? Of course not. So they stupidly build their strategy on a custom app that costs $60, and will never match what I already get for free with my phone.

    Terrible. They should have supported iOS in the Car via a Bluetooth connection. Problem solved (at least for iOS users).

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