Honda and Google have announced the two companies will integrate Google’s connected service into a new model which will come to market in the second half of 2022 in North America.
The pair have have been collaborating since 2015 with the broader automotive industry to introduce the Android platform to automobiles and Honda began adopting Android Auto starting with the Accord in 2016.
With the new collaboration with Google, Honda will further advance the ‘user experience’ for its customers but the companies did not elaborate.
Android Auto generally allows many smartphone functions to be displayed on a vehicle screen and operated using vehicle controls.
“By seamlessly connecting mobility and people’s daily lives through the collaboration between Honda’s connected technologies and Google’s advanced technologies, Honda will offer in-vehicle solutions that better suit the needs of customers,” a statement said.
Functions will include voice assistant allowing drivers to send messages, get directions, and control media, vehicle functions and compatible smart phone devices hands-free.
Integrating Google Maps into allows familiar and personalised maps the user already enjoys on their smartphone on display audio in the vehicle. The driver can talk to Google to do many things more easily while driving, including navigating home, getting an estimated time of arrival, finding the closest gas stations or EV charging stations, and checking the business hours of stores.
Google Play lets users listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks directly from their vehicle without using their smartphones.
Honda is planning to begin integrating Google with the new model for launch in the second half of 2022 in North America then expand it globally in stages.