The first high-volume car in the marketplace featuring not only Apple CarPlay but also Android Auto has just been unveiled in Silicon Valley: the beautiful Honda Accord.
It seems that the automaker decided to skip the usual car debut venues such as New York, Los Angeles or Detroit and simply unveil its latest model at its Silicon Valley laboratory. The vehicle’s slightly redesigned front end as well as the changes to its infotainment interface aren’t the only things that car enthusiasts can look forward to.
The refreshed Accord looks beautiful with its LED lighting and its sharp, streamlined look. It features an aluminum hood with sharper lines converging into a sophisticated-looking grille. And for the first time, Honda featured 19-inch wheels.
But the real discussion is the car’s infotainment center, featuring apps from rivaling companies Apple and Samsung. This only shows that automakers are shifting towards a greater acceptance of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. According to statements made by General Motors, its 2016 models will also offer both these features, while Hyundai has also decided to feature them in its Sonata.
Honda has been working on additional features for its future models. The automaker is currently working towards developing Internet-connected cars and has been researching other features.
On the dashboard of the new Honda, a 7.0 inch touch-screen display will mirror the smartphone apps considered useful and safe for drivers. Dashboard controls and voice command give drivers the opportunity of controlling the applications he or she uses, from navigation and audio to messaging.
Aside from the touchscreen-enabled display, Honda has also implemented a double-screen approach, as another LCD is set above it. This second screen will offer drivers multiple information sources.
Another addition to the Accord is the Honda Sensing suite, which offers a multitude of driver-assist features, from Collision Mitigation Braking system to Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning.
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