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Honda announces iPhone-powered car touchscreen

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
News Categories: iPhone

Honda has announced its Display Audio interface and Next Generation HondaLink, two new technologies that will debut in the 2014 Civic and will also be included in the 2015 Fit. Display Audio is a touchscreen interface that connects directly to an iPhone. Its features include audio, phonebook, and media access, in addition to navigation. The interface also integrates with the Civic’s built-in Siri Eyes Free mode, so iPhone users will be able to operate Siri through the steering wheel.

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Next Generation HondaLink is an app-based platform that lets users access content in and outside of the car. It will be compatible with the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s at launch. It’s notable that these technologies are not a true implementation of Apple’s iOS in the Car, though the features are similar; it’s unclear whether cellular-capable iPads and other iOS devices will be compatible.

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These OEM implementations of iOS functionality seem very risky to me—too many times an iOS version change disrupts functionality either because Apple changed the rules and the OEM didn’t follow, or the OEM didn’t implement the design rules correctly and a little version bump brings out the incompatibility.

It’s one thing to have your clock radio affected by an iOS update, but quite another to have your car’s use of iOS shut down, not to mention the long-term compatibility that would be needed for many years of use of the car.

Unless OEMs and Apple can demonstrate better long-term compatibility, and simple ways for consumers to update the firmware of their car audio sytems, I’ll pass ...

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on December 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM (PDT)

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You obviously don’t understand the concept of what “iOS in the Car” is. It’s a technology that overlays iOS functionality onto the cars touch-screen operating system via Bluetooth and / or WiFi. This idea that somehow you are going to have problems related to iOS and that it is somehow going to effect your car is foolish. And even if there was a problem, you can always revert back to the OS that the manufacturer has installed onto the touch-screen.

Also, Siri Eyes Free is a completely different tech then iOS in The Car and is mostly a backend system that allows you to use Siri via Bluetooth (with the added capability or really de-capability of turning off your screen while your driving in your car).

Posted by DMan on December 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM (PDT)

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