Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with
- A Honda demonstration vehicle is on display June 25-26 at Google I/O,
Google's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA
- Honda vehicles featuring Android Auto will debut in 2015; models and trims
will be announced at a later date
- Android Auto provides a seamless connection between compatible
Android-powered smartphones and Honda's advanced, in-car connectivity systems
TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Building on a series of
advancements aimed at improving the in-car technology experience for
consumers, Honda will introduce select vehicles compatible with Android Auto™
in 2015. Honda is displaying a functional prototype at Google I/O 2014, the
annual developer conference hosted by Google in San Francisco, CA. Honda and
Acura models and trims compatible with Android Auto will be announced in the
To initiate Android Auto, Honda drivers will simply connect their compatible
Android smartphone to the vehicle's USB port using the cable that came with
their phone, allowing them to intuitively access supported apps and features
using the car's in-dash display and voice controls. After connecting the
compatible Android phone to their Honda vehicle, drivers will be able to
"project" their smartphone experience onto the car's in-dash display, giving
them access to apps and services that have been optimized for the vehicle
"Honda's goal is to integrate the power and functionality of today's
smartphones directly into our vehicles in a way that is seamless and intuitive
for our customers," said Nick Sugimoto, senior program director for Honda
Silicon Valley Lab. "By working collaboratively with Google and other
technology companies, Honda will help millions of consumers around the world
more easily and conveniently access their smartphones' content, data and
Honda is a founding member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a group of
automakers and technology companies committed to bringing the Android platform
to cars. The company's open innovation lab, Honda Silicon Valley Lab,
spearheads Honda's global interactions with technology companies like Google,
as well as developers, to create cutting-edge products and customer
Honda has been an industry leader in equipping its vehicles with technologies
that support customers' efforts to be more alert drivers, including the early
introduction of hands-free telephone functionality, wide application of
back-up cameras to 100 percent of automobiles by model year 2015, as well as
other features. Further, Honda is raising awareness of the dangers of
distracted driving through initiatives like the Honda "#ThumbsUp" campaign,
which launched in April 2014.
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than
39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing
operations with a capital investment of more than $16.3 billion.
Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer"
Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a
wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and
transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products such as
lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet light
jet, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the
capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2013, 94 percent of
the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North
America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four
passenger cars and seven light trucks.
A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under
construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive
global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.
Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully
design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North
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SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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