Honda Evolves In-Car Connectivity with New Display Audio Touch-Screen Interface and Next Generation HondaLink™ Technology

    Honda Evolves In-Car Connectivity with New Display Audio Touch-Screen
             Interface and Next Generation HondaLink™ Technology

-- Advanced connected-car technology debuts in 2014 Honda Civic, followed by
2015 Fit

-- Display Audio touchscreen brings smartphone-like functionality inside the

-- Next gen HondaLink™ makes integrated navigation more affordable and
intuitive with smartphone-powered navigation app

-- 2014 Civic with Display Audio first Honda model with factory installed
Siri™ Eyes Free mode from Apple

PR Newswire

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Honda today introduced the next
generation of connected-car technology to meet the evolving needs of today's
tech-savvy, always-connected consumers: Honda Display Audio and HondaLink™.
Together these technologies represent the most advanced information and media
connectivity package ever offered by Honda. Both new systems were demonstrated
earlier today on a Google Hangout available to view on Honda's Google+ page
( and will debut on the 2014 Civic, which
goes on-sale tomorrow.



Additionally, the 2014 Civic equipped with Display Audio marks Honda's first
factory installed integration of Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode with Siri
operation available directly through the steering wheel-mounted controls when
a compatible iPhone is paired via Bluetooth^®.

"Display Audio and HondaLink are pioneering technologies that seamlessly and
intuitively integrate the power and functionality of a customers' smartphone
directly into their vehicle," said Charles Koch, manager of new business
development for American Honda. "Staying connected to the latest music,
information, news, traffic updates, even friends and family, is a must-have
capability for a new generation of car buyers."

Display Audio

The new Display Audio interface^1 debuts on the 2014 Civic (EX models and
above) and will be featured on the all-new 2015 Fit, arriving next spring.
Offering one of the largest touchscreens in its class, Display Audio uses the
familiar pinch, swipe and tap functionality of a smartphone to access audio,
phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features.

Icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on a 7-inch, high-definition,
capacitive touchscreen, making the interface intuitive and easy to use.
Standard internet-sourced music and media options, such as Pandora^® are built
into the Display Audio interface, with the ability to create personalized
stations, tap to "like" songs, and view album artwork directly from the
touchscreen. Display Audio also integrates touch operation of the volume (with
a quick-swipe adjustment), menu, and return functions for a modern and sleek
look. Standard steering wheel controls compliment the touchscreen features as

Next Generation HondaLink^™

The Display Audio system with next generation HondaLink allows the customer's
digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and provides access to
a world of cloud-based information. The all-new application-based platform
connects customers to online content both inside and outside the car, all
powered by their smartphones. At launch timing, iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will
benefit from all the features HondaLink offers. Compatible Android
smartphone's are anticipated to become available next year.

Four specialty HondaLink apps provide organization and are a gateway to
additional online content:

  oConnect App – Provides convenient access for many services including
    location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder alerts,
    service scheduling by phone, and access to the Owners Guide. Users can tap
    for weather updates and store favorite destinations for quick routing with
    the Navigation app.
  oNavigation App – For the first time Honda is offering a comprehensive
    cloud-based navigation app for purchase^2 that includes 3D mapping and
    continuously updated traffic information. As the first navigation app
    developed by an automaker with mapping data provided by HERE, a Nokia
    business, this app offers a variety of location search options including
    search by point of interest, text search, or previous locations. Routes
    can be pre-planned on a smartphone and will display on the vehicle's
    touchscreen. Turn-by-turn routing guidance is available through the
    vehicle's audio system as well.
  oAha^™App – provides access to an extensive and diverse selection of audio
    content across multiple genres and demographics, plus featured new
    stations, Internet radio, podcasts, audiobooks, news, Twitter and Facebook
    updates and nearby location listings for restaurants, coffee houses,
    hotels, weather, parks, and gas stations. Users can tap to personalize
    stations or add favorites via smartphone or directly through the Display
    Audio interface.
  oLauncher App –Finds and organizes Honda-approved 3rd party apps so they
    can be quickly integrated into the Display Audio system. Approved apps can
    be found through the Launcher and shown on the Display Audio screen for
    easy access.

Additional new features found with HondaLink include HondaLink Assist, which
can help provide emergency assistance to drivers. If there is a cellular
connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a collision, the
system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the
car's current location, and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The
operator can then contact emergency services if needed.

Siri Eyes Free Integration

Display Audio integrates Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode into Honda vehicles.
Compatible iPhone^® users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice
commands by pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when
their iPhone is paired via Bluetooth^® . Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes
hands-free functionality even further and helps minimize distractions by
keeping an iOS device's screen from lighting up.

Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep
their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

  oSending text messages and e-mails
  oReading incoming text messages and emails
  oSetting up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
  oChecking the weather
  oTurn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth®
    Audio or iPod mode)
  oSports scores and stock quotes

Display Audio is the first factory installed integration of Siri Eyes Free
mode into a Honda vehicle. Previously, it was available on select Honda and
Acura models including the 2013 -2014 Honda Accord and 2013 Acura RDX and ILX
only as a dealer installed accessory.

For additional Display Audio images and videos, please visit To view the HondaLink Google Hangout, visit the Honda
Google+ page at

About Honda

Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more
than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2013, Honda marks 40 years of
the Civic model, with more than 30 years of producing automobiles in America,
which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having
produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America through 2012 using
domestic and globally^1 sourced parts, Honda currently operates 14 major
manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda
automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and

^1 The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming
from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always
launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone
only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of
texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your
wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see your Honda dealer and
HondaLink terms and conditions for details.

^2 App available for purchase for $59.99 through iTunes store.

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Contact: Robyn Eagles, (310) 783-3170, or Jessica Fini (310) 783-3724
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