Honda Touts Silicon Valley Chops, Debuts 2016 Accord With CarPlay and Android Auto

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2016 Honda Accord: Ain’t Got Time To Change Clothes.

Highlighting the growing importance of Silicon Valley to the car industry, Honda on Friday debuted the 2016 Accord at its research facility in Mountain View. One of those launch partners was Honda and despite the manufacturer having promised to support the platform from the beginning, it has yet to release any car model with support for CarPlay.

Typically, car makers use an auto show or other industry event to showcase new models, but Honda said it wanted to unveil it in the Bay Area to highlight the role that the Valley is playing in the auto world as well as the fact that the redesigned sedan is the first Honda model to include Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. The front and rear bumpers have been refined, there’s a new grille and wheels and LED tail lights and an aluminum hood are now standard on all models.

Honda unveiled a midlife update for its midsize Accord in Silicon Valley on Thursday, a lightly freshened model that will play nice with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Tokyo-based company led Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. in U.S. sales for the first half by less than 0.2 percentage point of market share, 753,001 to 736,483, according to researcher Autodata Corp. “The real value is reducing collisions and fatalities,” he told reporters. “We hope to cut in half the number of collisions involving our vehicles by 2030 and to completely eliminate collisions by 2050.” Last November, while dropping in on the west coast’s largest auto show, I attended the Los Angeles Connectivity Conference, and was just a bit blown away (and mildly concerned) as to what was shared there. The systems, available on EX, EX-L and Touring models, allows users to access many of their smartphone’s features and apps through a new 7-inch touchscreen in the car’s dashboard. Just weeks before, a specially equipped 2014 Acura RLX had completed a hands-off 8 mile loop around the city of Detroit in demonstration of technology that would some day relieve the human occupant of the car of driving duties.

Today in Michigan, we find a massive, full-blown uninhabited city-driving course, complete with buildings, sidewalks, streets, crosswalks and traffic lights – built exclusively for the testing of Autonomous automotive driving and active accident avoidance systems. The Accord navigation system, like the Pilot before it, runs a customized version of the operating system. “I don’t think Honda wants to differentiate on Pandora,” Honda senior program director Nick Sugimoto said at a May conference, adding that most of the apps that a consumer wants to run in the car already exist for Android. Now, I was sitting in a 2 day multiple speaker conference where experts from city government, high tech and the automotive industry incubator of near-future driverless hub traffic interface, and car-train-like commuter lanes, remotely controlled by a yet unknown authority.

Being ‘old school’ to the 10th degree, I wasn’t willing to give up control of my car or light truck anytime soon, that just wasn’t going to happen! We reviewed CarPlay on an aftermarket Pioneer head unit earlier late last year and noted that while CarPlay has promise, it has more than its fair share of bugs. Cities like Los Angeles, ground-zero for Honda, Toyota and other U.S. ( that’s right ) manufactured automotive brands, is a case study for autonomous driving. And, that’s where you’ll find the current and future talent that will continue to evolve Honda hard-drive and software driven personal connectivity, voice command, touch screen component control, information search, and yes – self driving Autonomous technologies.

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