Honda and Google have announced that they will integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service to all new Honda models headed for North America, beginning in the second half of 2022. This will then be expanded globally step by step.
Since 2015, the two companies have worked in partnership to bring the Android 1 platform to the automotive sector, with the Japanese OEM adopting Android Auto in its Accord models in 2016. The system optimizes smartphone functions for drivers, enabling Honda vehicles to offer user experiences. The collaboration will advance UX technology and in-vehicle solutions for customers.
Key functions of Google built-in include a voice assistant that can complete daily tasks through voice control, such as getting directions or sending messages; the Google maps navigation system; and in-vehicle apps via Google Play, such as music, podcasts and audiobooks.
“It is our great pleasure to be able to offer new value for mobility and people’s daily lives all around the world by combining Honda’s strengths in advanced technologies in automobile development and Google’s strengths in innovative information technologies,” commented Satoshi Takami, operating executive, chief officer in charge of MaaS operations at Honda. “Honda will continue to take on challenges to create new value while rapidly addressing the transformation of mobility without being bound by the conventional wisdom of the automobile industry.”