Honda Unveils New Android Infotainment System
While we know that many of you are fans of the Honda i-MID infotainment system, if you’ve been wondering whether or not you’d get that familiar Android interface in your new Honda from Mid-Missouri Honda Dealers, the wait could soon be over. Honda debuted the system at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, and while there are plans for it to be added to 2015 Civic, Civic Tourer, and CR-V models in Europe, a United States release has yet to be announced.
How Does it Work?
The new system is called “Connect,” and it embeds the Android 4.0.4 infotainment system paired with Nvidia’s Tegra processor, built to run on a 7-inch touchscreen display. Rob Csongor, vice president and general manager for Nvidia’s automotive division, said that the Tegra processor “leverages Android to deliver an open, flexible infotainment platform … that bridges the world of smartphone apps and the requirements of the automotive industry but, most importantly, does so in a way that makes driving safer.”
The in-vehicle system is meant to mirror the Android tablet experience, giving drivers something familiar so that they don’t have to learn a new interface for their car, with Csongor saying “You will be able to use it with the same kinds of Android apps that you can already use on your smartphones and tablets.” It can even be used to interpret gestures to control the infotainment system, like the familiar pinching, swiping, and zooming. Honda’s new system is the very first in-vehicle infotainment system that’s using Android as its OS on the Tegra processors, according to Nvidia.
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We’re excited that the Android infotainment system could some day make its way here, but in the meantime, there’s plenty to be excited about with the American Honda lineup. Why not visit a Mid-Missouri Honda Dealer and take a brand new Honda for a test drive so you can see the state-of-the-art tech in action.