This fall, the Honda Accord (first among Honda cars) will be able to navigate the cloud. No, they won’t be able to fly (yet) but through HondaLink, the Accord will be able to connect to cloud based news, information and entertainment feeds. The HondaLink, according to the company will be an in-vehicle connectivity system that will utilize an intuitive audio-based interface to access the internet.
This will eliminate the need to occasionally glance at a mobile device since it will also be able to duplicate the function of these devices that people use to interact with others. This is a great idea to lessen road accidents due to the distraction caused by mobile devices to drivers. The only point in the use of HondaLink that involves another device is when you customize it using your smartphone. After that, interacting with HondaLink will just be a matter of interfacing with the in-dash controls, the steering wheel-mounted controls or (the best of the lot) voice command.
With this, drivers (and passengers, of course) can access Facebook or Twitter and listen to newsfeeds. They can also listen to podcasts, access location information and music services.
This is long overdue not just in Honda cars but in all brands of vehicles. The functionality is just secondary to the safety it will definitely bring.