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Honda Unveils HondaLink

Honda Infotainment 2013 Accord HondaLink

William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
July 20, 2012

Honda has revealed their new HondaLink infotainment system which will be appearing in the 2013 Accord and Fit EV.

As we reported last month, HondaLink will use will feature Aha Radio, a cloud-based digital content service that uses data from a smartphone to provide a variety of music, news, podcasts, other traditional audio content, and reading of facebook and twitter updates. (Because everyone wants to hear an update on someone's relationship status or what they're for lunch today. (Steps off soapbox))

Also, HondaLink will provide Pandora Internet Radio and voice-to-text messaging that was first introduced on the 2012 CR-V.

There is another version of HondaLink called HondaLink EV that will allow the driver to check driving range and locate EV charging stations, as well as remotely initiate charging, view the state of charge and activate the air-conditioning and heater. HondaLink EV will be on the Fit EV and the upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid.

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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It is interesting that this seems to be an evolution of the iMID system found on Honda Civic GX CNG cars. Just expanded to cover their new EV version and to get more Honda Auto's with the Bluetooth phone and satellite access for navigation, road conditions and weather.

So question begs to be asked, Why drag this out? Why do a version for the CNG, now call it something different and role this out to the EV Fit car and the Accord. Why not just role it out to all auto's so that people can buy with this technology rather than drag it out. GM does well with having their OnStar and XM/Sirius on all auto's.

Honda wake up and realize, this needs to go into all auto's now.
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Exactly....and I like how on star is available on everything....
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Exactly....and I like how on star is available on everything....

Yes, I have OnStar on every one of my GM auto's as well as my XM radio. I rarely listen to local radio any longer when I can listen to my favorites on sat.
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