Honda’s subsequent Accord would be the automaker’s first automobile to support Google built-in integration, enabling native Android apps and over the air (OTA) software program updates (via Automotive News). It will likely be included as an ordinary function within the prime Touring trim of the 2023 Accord, arriving early subsequent yr.
When you’ve by no means heard of “Google built-in,” that’s as a result of it’s simply one other title for Android Automotive — the software program large’s automobile working system. Contemplating Google additionally has a similarly-named phone-to-car integration system referred to as Android Auto (like Apple’s CarPlay), it is sensible that the much less complicated “Google built-in” seems to be the corporate’s most well-liked title going ahead.
Honda hasn’t revealed if its different automobiles will probably be getting Google built-in but. The automaker had beforehand used customized (and now outdated) embedded Android software program in a few of its automobiles, however now it’s totally leveraging Google’s choices to deal with all of the arduous infotainment stuff. Navigation within the Accord will probably be taken care of with utilizing Google Maps, voice controls can change issues like passenger air temperatures, and music apps will probably be only a faucet away. Honda signed up for Google’s infotainment platform final yr, on the time saying it will begin rolling it out to cars in 2022.
Within the new Accord, Google built-in will function throughout two screens: a ten.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch heart display screen. It’s the largest infotainment display screen Honda has ever made, and greater than Volvo’s 9-inch display screen within the XC40 — one other automobile that makes use of Google built-in as nicely.
Honda’s automobile OTA updates will “add perform two, three, or eight years after it’s been bought,” says American Honda Motor Co. VP of CASE and Vitality Jay Joseph, chatting with Automotive Information. “[It] can actually change the dynamics of the possession expertise and the used-vehicle market,” Joseph stated.